Childhood Practice

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus, Fraserburgh Campus


This course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding relating to working as a practitioner within an ‘early years’ setting. Upon completion candidates are eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level. A mandatory placement opportunity will be provided to students who demonstrate appropriate skills and values.

This course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people, specifically focusing on rights and provision, protection and participation, contemporary issues for children and families and how to promote language, literacy and numeracy in your work. As well as this, you will look at more specific areas such as how to work with those who have additional support needs, and how to understand and support children’s behaviour. The course covers a wide range of theory in order to effectively prepare you for progressing to further study or employment.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English plus Maths at National 5; or NC Early Education and Child Care (Level 6). You must have a minimum of 80 hours work experience in an early years setting.

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

Degree level study

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level