Childhood Practice

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus, Kilmarnock Campus, Kilwinning Campus


If you would like to work with children and aspire to positively impact their early years, this is the ideal course for you. This course will provide you with a solid understanding of working with children and their families. It will support you in developing the required knowledge, theory and skills aligning with Scottish Social Services Codes of Practice and Health and Social Care Standards.

You will also explore legislation, policies and frameworks, theoretical concepts and the role and responsibilities of a practitioner. Through topics such as the vital role of play in children’s development, holistic development, wellbeing and safeguarding as well as modern family issues, collaboration, and ethical dilemmas.

HNC Childhood Practice is a nationally recognised professional qualification. If you achieve this qualification, you will be eligible for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a Practitioner, which is an essential requirement for a variety of roles within the Early Years sector.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English plus National 5 Maths, or Early Learning and Childcare (Level 6), or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry subject to interview.

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

Employment or progression to HND Childhood Practice or year 2 of the BA Childhood Studies at the University of the West of Scotland.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Years

SCQF Level