Childhood Practice BA

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

A professional development course for those working in childcare who want a leadership qualification to lead and manage a childcare setting

Start date
August 2024
5 years

You must already hold an SSSC recognised practitioners qualification and you will currently be working in a relevant 0-16 setting such as early years, play work, childminding or out-of-school club.

On completion of this part-time online course you will be eligible to register as a Lead Practitioner/Manager with the Scottish Social Services Council.

You will work with other professionals throughout the course to improve your leadership skills and ensure better outcomes for children.

As the focus is on applying theory to practice, you will need to be in relevant employment throughout the course. You will use workplace-based activities, reflecting on your professional practice experience, as the foundation for your academic study.

Throughout the course you will develop, challenge, and reflect upon your own values, beliefs, attitudes, knowledge, and skills. Our students tell us that they welcome the focus on child development and children within today's society, as it increases their confidence as a professional.

Learning online allows you to fit your studies around your other commitments. You will be part of a supportive community where practice, resources, and learning are shared.

“The course is hard work but extremely rewarding. It was made manageable by the fantastic staff. The thought of studying and working full-time is very daunting, but if I can do it as a mature student, anyone can. My advice is to go for it, as every day is a learning day!”

Jacqueline Lamb, Childhood Practice graduate

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