• Early Years

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Social Services (Children and Young People) Level 6

  • Eligible Schools

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr and Kilwinning  

    Year 1 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday and Thursday.

    Year 2 - work placement one full day (Thursday), plus college attendance on a Tuesday 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Duration - 2 years

Who is the course for

You can work with children and young people in a range of careers from Early Years Practitioner to a Social Worker.

Early year's provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early learning and childcare experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement for children.

Social Service workers provide support and help to people who need it, helping them to live full and valued lives in the community. In particular, they help make sure children have the best start in life, so they grow up to be happy, healthy and secure.

This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in early learning and childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children and young people.

What is the course about

This course lets you find out what a career in social services would really be like - and if it’s right for you.

It includes:

  • The new National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services: (Children and Young People)
  • The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Social Services (Children and Young People).

Here’s a bit more on what’s involved:


The NPA will give you the knowledge you need for the SVQ, along with the practical skills required for delivering early learning and childcare opportunities for children.

Units include:

  • Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Play for Children & Young People
  • Communication with Children & Young People
  • Development of Children & Young People
  • Promoting Wellbeing of Children & Young People


You’ll have the opportunity to undertake 6 units to achieve the full SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People).

You must complete these 4 mandatory Units:

  • Support effective communication
  • Support the Health & Safety of yourself and individuals
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice
  • Support the safeguarding of children
  • Support the development of children and young people
  • Support children’s learning through play

Work Experience

You will be on a work placement one day per week during the year. This placement will be in early learning and childcare and/or early primary school.

What do I need


For a place on this course, you’ll need:

  • Five relevant National 5s or equivalent, including English and ideally Maths, OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, such as SFW Early Education and childcare award
  • To have demonstrated achievement at SCQF Level 6 (Higher level). Your Guidance Teacher can advise you on this as this is a fast track option
  • A Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme record
  • To be able to complete all the necessary hours in a work placement


Working in social services setting means you also need to be able to:

  • Interact and communicate respectfully with children and staff
  • Work with others
  • Problem solve


A commitment to appropriate values is very important. If you’re interested in a career in social services you can use the interactive resource a question of care: a career for you. Here, you’ll answer a series of questions and receive a detailed personal profile at the end. A commitment to appropriate values is necessary and you can demonstrate this partly through responses in this resource.

How will I be assessed

The NPA Units are assessed in college and the SVQ Level 2 units are assessed in the workplace. These assessments are a mixture of written reflective accounts & practical application – you’ll carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can do them to the require occupational standard.

You’ll also keep a reflective log and produce accounts of practice to demonstrate your knowledge of related legislation, policies, theories, professional values and practical skills.

Your SVQ Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure you’re doing well and on track with your vocational qualification.

Next Steps

Successful completion of this Foundation Apprenticeship includes Scottish Social Services Council registration eligibility for support worker in day care of children services. Most jobs in day care of children services are at practitioner level and certification for these roles is at SVQ 3, but some employers use SVQ 2 as entry to SVQ 3.

Once you’ve achieved this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and extensive work experience which will really help in your future career. It will support your progress whether you plan to study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice or enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work.

You’ll have a solid basis for moving onto a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People). This will qualify you as a support worker and practitioner in a range of services across the sector, such as day care services or out of school care as a nursery assistant, play leader or nursery officer.

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