Childhood Practice (PDA) (Level 9)

Glasgow Clyde College


Cardonald Campus


This course is designed to support and develop your knowledge and skills in leadership and management for working in a childcare or playwork setting, with children and young people.

You will be able to lead and support the provision of high quality and flexible services that will give children and young people the best possible start in life, and demonstrate leadership and vision to contribute to the development of the profession.

Developing services for children and young people; Participatory partnerships: Working with families; Children’s rights: Equality, diversity and inclusion; Childhood practice: Leadership and management and workplace practice.

Plus three mandatory optional units from the following areas:
Developing a rights-based approach to service delivery; Development of children (Pre-birth to three); Early learning; Playwork; Family support; Active leisure; Leading professional development.

Entry Requirements

You should already have qualifications in the sector that allow registration by the SSSC as a Practitioner at SCQF Level 7 and have relevant qualifications at SCQF Level 8. Interview.

To undertake this PDA you must meet the entry requirements of 240 credits at SCQF Levels 7 and 8.

Progression Routes

This qualification will allow you to work as a Leader or Manager and meet the requirements of the Benchmark Standards for Childhood Practice and registration with the SSSC as Lead Practitioner/Manager.

The PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF level 9 may provide evidence or underpinning of knowledge for further leadership and management qualifications.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (evening)

Course Length

2 years


Early Learning and Childcare

SCQF Level