Topic outline

  • Childhood Practice

    Welcome to the Childhood Practice topic on the SSSC Learning Zone. This area is intended to provide access to resources and information for anyone working in Day Care of Children's Services in Scotland. Over time, with your help, we hope this section will grow and develop and provide you with opportunities to access learning and development materials, communicate with your colleagues across Scotland and share examples of good practice.

    As a starting point, this area contains examples of current policy-driven practitioner research undertaken by graduates studying towards the BA in Childhood Practice. We hope to add examples of practitioner research on an ongoing basis and we look forward to seeing the fruits of the Childhood Practice Award in future. In addition to this there are free-to-use downloadable podcasts and presentations around childhood practice that can be used to support workforce planning, development and teaching and learning. Going forward, you will have the chance to contribute to discussion forums in relation to childhood practice, and will also find links to frequently asked questions (FAQs) journals and Scottish Government policy documents, such as the Early Years Framework and GIRFEC, which relate to childhood practice.

  • Childhood Practice simulator

    Our interactive simulation gives you the opportunity to acquire and apply the knowledge and skills that you are developing you work towards the Childhood Practice Award. The simulator will confront you with a challenging scenario, enabling you to rehearse the skills required in real-world situations, but with the added benefit that mistakes made here will not have real-world consequences.

    Please note that this resource is designed to be used on a laptop or desktop computer, and may not function correctly on a mobile or tablet browser.

  • Practitioner Research

    A selection of research undertaken by practitioners on the BA in Childhood Practice; research linked to Scottish Government Policy such as GIRFEC; The Early Years Framework; A Curriculum for Excellence; and Equally Well.

    If you are a childhood practice student or graduate who has completed a research project and you would like to see if featured here then please contact 

  • Podcasts and presentations

    Over the coming weeks and months we intend to publish a series of podcasts and presentations for, and by, members of the childhood practice workforce. We hope you will enjoy these. We also hope you will be encouraged to contribute to this by getting in touch with your own material.