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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

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.