• Early Years

    PDA Childhood Practice (Year 1)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    This course runs on a Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm. These times include a period for shut down procedures at the end of the night.

  • Start Date

    From 5 Sep 2019

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Early years provision has changed significantly over the years. Scottish Government’s expansion plans require new leaders to influence good practice and improve quality in early learning and childcare services. Today effective early learning and childcare experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • Currently hold an early years practitioners qualification as required by SSSC e.g. HNC Childhood Practice.
  • At least two years’ experience as a practitioner or have a senior role.
  • To aspire to lead quality within early learning and childcare
  • A satisfactory work reference
  • Eligible to be a member of the PVG scheme

What's involved

This course will offer those individuals interested in leading quality, a professional development award to extend professional skills and knowledge in early learning and childcare. This PDA will give learners the opportunity to use extensive work experience to advance their learning beyond that of the practitioner role and offer opportunity to enhance learners’ career prospects.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll investigate and demonstrate an understanding of the skills inherent in effective leadership, team working and collaborative working.
  • Develop professional practice and understanding of theoretical concepts and pedagogy in early learning and childcare.
  • You’ll develop a critical understanding of local, national and international policies and legal frameworks which impact on quality of good practices.
  • You’ll engage in personal reflection for continued improvements.
  • This course maps to the National occupational standards and the professional childhood practice standards.

When you successfully complete this course (80 SCQF credits), you’ll have the choice of:

  • Seeking to start your career in the care sector as a ‘senior’ in a range of early learning & childcare settings.
  • Complete the additional 40 SCQF credits necessary to progress to the BA Childhood Practice at level 9.
  • Move onto a BA in Childhood Practice level 9, depending on your entry qualifications.



This course is eligible for Fee Waiver and Part Time Funding Grant depending on individual circumstances. For further information on funding click our Funding and Fees tab to the right. Apply for your funding now to ensure it is in place before your course starts.

This course is eligible to pay by instalments. Please contact our Finance department for further information on 01563 523501 Ext. 8558

Start Date

5 Sep 2019



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