Childhood Practice

West Lothian College


This course is for those who want to work as early learning and childcare practitioners. The award will allow you to work with children and young people aged between 0 and 18 years.

You will learn about the values, principles and laws relevant to a career in the early years sector. After you have completed the course, you can register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

The course includes:
Lifespan development; Theoretical approaches; Supporting contemporary families; Health, wellbeing and safeguarding.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English; or relevant Foundation Apprenticeship plus Higher English; or NC Childhood Practice (Level 6) or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Experience in a childcare setting, and IT skills desirable. Interview. Written Test.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

HND Childhood Practice or degree level courses

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Childhood Practice and Early Education

SCQF Level