Qualifications for working with children and young people

Remember you often don’t need a qualification to start working with children and young people.

Use the icons to find out more about volunteering, finding a job and preparing for your first professional qualification at SCQF level 6 or above.

Qualification Methods

Working with children

Career Pathway

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Qualification
Title

Job examples at SCQF level 6

Support worker in a day care of children service

This can include nurseries, family centres, after school and holiday clubs. When you get a job you’ll register with the SSSC. Unless you’re already qualified you’ll work towards an SVQ or NC at SCQF level 6. A Foundation Apprenticeship can give you a head start gaining the full the SVQ.

Other role examples

If you want to become a childminder or youth justice worker, for example, you won’t register with the SSSC however these qualifications could be useful in your career. If you want to support children and young people in their own homes you should look at the qualifications in the social services and healthcare page.

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Job examples at SCQF levels 7 and 8

Practitioner in a day care of children service

This can include nurseries, family centres, after school and holiday clubs. When you get a job you’ll register with the SSSC. Unless you’re already qualified you’ll work towards an SVQ, Modern Apprenticeship or HNC at SCQF level 7.

Caring for children who live away from home

In residential childcare you can give children a loving, nurturing home environment. Or, in residential special schools you can provide specialised learning support. When you get a job you’ll register with the SSSC. Unless you’re already qualified you’ll work towards an SVQ, Modern Apprenticeship or HNC at SCQF level 7. Some roles require you to hold an SVQ and HNC (or equivalent). Check the details of these qualifications to find out more.

Other role examples

If you want to become a childminder or youth justice worker, for example, you won’t register with the SSSC however these qualifications could be useful in your career. If you want to support children and young people in their own homes you should look at the qualifications in the social services and healthcare page.

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Job examples at SCQF levels 9 and 10

Supervisors, managers and care inspectors

Check the details in each qualification to find out which of the following SSSC registration categories they meet:

  • lead practitioner or manager in a day care of children service
  • supervisor or manager in residential childcare and schools
  • care inspector.

Other role examples

Not all roles require SSSC registration. If you are in a relevant role in social services these qualifications may help you build your career.

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