Childhood Practice (PDA) (Level 8)

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus, Midlothian Campus, Sighthill Campus


Childhood Practice is an evening course designed for people interested in developing their career options in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors. This course will allow you to gain additional credits to progress onto the PDA Childhood Practice course at SCQF Level 9.

During this course, you will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers and have individual support from Edinburgh College allowing you to progress professionally and academically. This course will give you a deep understanding of professional practice in the early learning and childcare sector and how legislation policy and frameworks should be used effectively to ensure children and young people are supported and valued. A career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression, each day can be different, full of variety and full of adventures. Take your next step towards changing your life and the lives of children.

You will learn:
Professional Practice; Legislation and Policy; Pedagogy; Developing Leadership; Quality Assurance; Collaborative Working; Supporting colleagues; Safeguarding responsibilities.

Entry Requirements

You must have an award accepted by Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to register as a practitioner. You should have been working in the childhood practice sector for at least six months.

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

Childhood Practice (PDA) Level 9 or BA Childhood Practice

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level