PDA Childhood Practice Level 9

SQA is pleased to announce the successful validation of their PDA Childhood Practice Level 9 award.

Centres are now being invited to consider coming forward for approval to deliver this new award and SQA will work with the SSSC to support this process. This award is non-devolvable and not auto-approved to centres. This requires all centres to meet the SQA approval criteria relating to this new award. It is hoped this will enable good coverage across Scotland by SQA accredited centres of the PDA Childhood Practice level 9 award and will give employers and learners choice in where they undertake the award.

The SSSC will require managers of a Day Care of Children Service to hold or to be working towards a Childhood Practice level 9 award upon re-registration after December 1 2011.

This new award will enable the development of the skills and knowledge required to manage services for children and young people. It is aimed at those who wish to progress into management within the Childcare and Playwork sectors without having to complete a full-time university programme.