Childhood Practice (PDA) (Level 9)

Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


This Professional Development Award (PDA) is an industry-recognised qualification designed for lead practitioners and managers of childcare and playwork settings. This qualification is equivalent to a university degree and accepted by the SSSC for registration.

A career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression, each day can be different.

The course is based on the Standard for Childhood Practice (SSSC), with a focus on management and leadership from the start, and this underpins all units. Students study a unit based on their own area of specialism - options are offered in early learning, pre-birth to three and playwork. Other units cover topics such as children's rights, inclusion, diversity, play theories and collaborative working. The final unit offers students the opportunity to develop an organisational operational plan based on the knowledge they have gained during the course.

Entry Requirements

You must have 240 credits at SCQF Level 7 and 8 in relevant subjects to gain entry to this course. You should be in a senior or lead practitioner role in a childhood practice 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

Postgraduate study in a related field

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level