Childhood Practice

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus, Midlothian Campus


The part-time HNC Childhood Practice is for applicants interested in a career in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors or for those wishing to pursue further study for example, within Childhood Practice or Primary Education. This qualification is accepted by the Scottish Social Services Council for registration as a practitioner in the daycare of children service.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

This course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

Subjects Include:
Developing an understanding of the values and principles that underpin work in childhood practice settings; Understanding how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice inform working practices in the childhood practice sector; Developing an understanding of the variety of childhood practice settings in the sector; Developing skills appropriate for working with and supporting a wide range of individuals in childhood practice settings; Learning how to ensure inclusion in everyday work practice; Critically evaluating your practice and being a reflective practitioner; Developing good working knowledge of current legislation, policy and guidance.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English, or Childhood Practice (Level 6), or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview. Relevant experience is preferable but not essential.

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; BA Childhood Practice or Childhood Practice (PDA)

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)
Part time (evening)

Course Length

2 years


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level