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Practice qualifications

  • HNC Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 7
  • SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 7

Qualifications also accepted

  • BA (Hons) Social Work (or equivalent)
  • HNC Additional Support Needs (Supporting the Individual).
  • SVQ in Playwork (GP1H 23) at SCQF level 7:
    plus the two following units from SVQ Social Services (Children and Young people) at SCQF level 7:
    • H5LC04 (SCDCCLD0301) Promote effective communication
    • H5LF04 (SCDHSC0034) Promote the safeguarding of children and young People
  • SVQ Level Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9 mandatory units:
    plus an additional four units from the list below:
    • H5W6 04 Evaluate the environment for children and families
    • H5WJ 04 Advocate with and on behalf of children and young people
    • H5WK 04 Support parents and carers to acquire skills to care for and protect babies, children and young people
    • H5W2 04 Lead the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children
    • H5W3 04 Lead the support of children's communication
    • H5W4 04 Lead the support for children’s creativity
    • H5W5 04 Lead the support for children’s mathematical learning, exploration and problem solving

Qualifications meeting requirements of other regulatory bodies:

  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements for the following professional groups regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council:
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Art, Music and Drama Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Speech and Language Therapists
    • Practitioner Psychologists
  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements of the General Teaching Council (Scotland), Nursing and Midwifery Council or the General Medical Council
  • Degree/Diploma in Community Education as recognised by the Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland Approvals Committee

Please note we’re currently reviewing our approach to accepting qualifications which have been accepted by another regulatory body. If you have any questions about this or your qualifications being suitable for SSSC registration please email enquiries@sssc.uk.com

Legacy qualifications (past qualification that we continue to accept)

  • BA Social Pedagogy (University of Aberdeen)
  • BA Curative Education (University of Aberdeen)
  • BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Playwork)
  • Certificate in Residential Care of Children and Young People
  • Certificate in Hospital Play Specialism (HPSET)
  • Degree/Diploma in Curative Education
  • Group of 21 credits from the SCOTVEC modules in child care listed in day care of children qualification criteria list B (currently recognised for the purpose of registration with the Scottish Child Care Education Board)
  • HNC Child Care and Education
  • HNC Social Care with either SVQ Playwork (Level 3) or SVQ 3 Early Years Care and Education
  • HNC Supporting Learning Needs
  • HND Supporting Learning Needs
  • HNC Working with Children in Early Years
  • HNC Early Education and Childcare (at SCQF level 7)
  • Level 1 of the Open University (OU) Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice/Level 1 of the OU Foundation Degree in Early Years E123 plus E124 or E100 plus E115 or E105.
  • Senior Certificate in Residential Care of Children and Young People
  • SVQ/NVQ 3 Caring for Children and Young People
    Plus SVQ units:
    • H5LG 04 (SCDCCLD0303) Promote the development of children and young people
    • DR93 04 (SKAP W9) Plan for and support self-directed play
  • SVQ/NVQ 3 Child Care and Education
  • SVQ/NVQ 3 Children's Care Learning and Development at SCQF level 7
  • SVQ/NVQ 3 Early Years Care and Education
  • SVQ/NVQ 4 Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9
  • SVQ/NVQ 4 Health and Social Care (Adults) at SCQF level 9
    Plus SVQ units: ​​​
    • H5LF (SCDHSC0034) Promote the safeguarding of children and young people
    • H5LG 04 (SCDCCLD0303) Promote the development of children and young people
    • DR93 04 (SKAP W9) Plan for and support self-directed play
  • SVQ/NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7,
    Plus SVQ units:
    • H5LG 04 (SCDCCLD0303) Promote the development of children and young people
    • DR93 04 (SKAP W9) Plan for and support self-directed play
  • SVQ/NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Adults) at SCQF Level 7,
    Plus SVQ units
    • H5LF (SCDHSC0034) Promote the safeguarding of children and young people
    • H5LG 04 (SCDCCLD0303) Promote the development of children and young people
    • DR93 04 (SKAP W9) Plan for and support self-directed play
  • SVQ 3 Playwork (GD1V 23) at SCQF Level 7
  • SVQ Level 4 Playwork (GD1T 24) at SCQF Level 9 with the following four optional units:
    • Obtain the facilities and services required for play provision
    • Manage and develop play facilities and services
    • Develop and implement procedures to safeguard children and young people
    • Research, design and facilitate possibilities for self-directed play
      • plus the following unit from the SVQ 3 Playwork (at SCQF Level 7): Plan and support self-directed play
    • National Nursery Examination Board Certificate (NNEB)
    • Scottish Nursery Nurse Examination Board Certificate (SNNEB)
    • SVQ Children's Care Learning and Development (Level 4) mandatory units plus a minimum of five units from:
      • DR6X 04 Co-ordinate provision for babies and children under three years in partnership with their families
      • DR7E 04 Develop and support children's early learning in partnership with teachers
      • DT1C 04 Support and evaluate the curriculum to support children's early learning
      • DR88 04 Evaluate, assess and support the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children
      • DR82 04 Evaluate, assess and support children's communication
      • DR84 04 Evaluate, support and assess children's creativity
      • DR86 04 Evaluate, assess and support children's mathematical learning, exploration and problem solving.