Children and young people services

Working with children and young people can mean working in a nursery, after school club, in a residential child care service or within a social work service.

There are over:

  • 30,000 workers in day care of children services such as nurseries, after school clubs
  • 7,000 workers in residential child care services.

There are many different career options when working with children and young people. Visit our career in care section to find out more.

Key pieces of work in this area include:

Childhood Practice Award

Launched in 2008, the innovative Childhood Practice Award is one of the first work-based awards in Scotland where entry is based on SVQs and the experience people have gained in their career to date. All managers in day care of children services must have or be working towards a childhood practice award. Find out more about the qualification on our childhood practice page.

We have developed tools to support workers development. Workers in day care of children services can use the practice simulation for childhood practice on our SSSC Learning Zone website to take part in real life scenarios where you have to make decisions and react to the consequences of your decisions.

Standard for Residential Child Care

The Standard for Residential Child Care is the new benchmark which will allow training providers to develop the new qualification for the residential child care workforce. 

The new qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 9 will be a requirement for registration with the SSSC for anyone working in residential child care. Read full details on the Standard for Residential Child Care page.


Although childminders do not need to register with the SSSC (they register with the Care Inspectorate) we can help with professional development. Visit our supporting your development page to find out more.

It is good practice for childminders to follow the SSSC Codes of Practice.