The difference that graduates of childhood practice are making to the lives of children and their families is being celebrated at a national conference in Edinburgh today (Thursday 27 August). Improving lives with childhood practice is a one day event organised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
The Standard for Childhood Practice was introduced in 2007 and since then more than 1,400 people have gained qualifications based on the standard. Managers of early learning and child care settings, such as nurseries, out of school clubs and playgroups, are required to have a childhood practice qualification in order to be registered with the SSSC.
At the conference Fiona McLeod MSP, Acting Minister for Children and Young People, hailed the difference childhood practice was having and congratulated all of those who had completed or were studying for a qualification.
‘I’m delighted to launch the revised Standard for Childhood Practice today and celebrate the successes it has brought to the sector. The introduction of childhood practice as a degree level qualification ensures those working in early learning and child care are highly skilled and part of a valued workforce.
‘It is wonderful to see the confidence, professionalism and expertise of staff boosted by gaining the qualification and this in turn, will provide the very best for Scotland’s children in their early years and beyond.’
Welcoming the 150 delegates to the conference SSSC Chief Executive Anna Fowlie said:
‘It is a pleasure to see so many people here to celebrate childhood practice and the real impact it is having not just on children’s lives but their families too.
‘As a profession you have welcomed the opportunity to gain higher level qualifications and it is clear it has boosted not only your own achievements and confidence but it is also helping lead the way in supporting our children and young people.’
Delegates at the conference heard from a range of keynote speakers and practitioners from across Scotland who shared their experience of childhood practice in a series of workshops. The conference is being held in partnership with Education Scotland as a Scottish Learning Festival Extra event.