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Career Progression

There are lots of ways in to a career in Early Learning and Childcare. Plus if you have relevant qualifications and experience, you’ll be able to progress further, faster.

Support Worker
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This is an entry level position and is a great way to get some hands-on experience before you start your formal training.

Tip: You can get a job as a Support Worker without any relevant qualifications, as long as you achieve a relevant qualification within a few years.
Practitioner
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It’s an Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner’s responsibility to identify and meet the care, support and learning needs of every child.

Tip: You can get a job as a Practitioner without any relevant qualifications, as long as you achieve a relevant qualification within a few years.
Lead Practitioner or Manager
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As a Manager (or Lead Practitioner) you’ll be tasked with the development, management, and quality assurance of the childcare setting – including the supervision of staff and the management of resources.

Tip: You can become a Lead Practitioner after working in Early Learning and Childcare and gaining the relevant qualifications and experience.
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Good to know

You can progress in childcare at your own pace and, as time goes on, you can make decisions about your own learning and career development.

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Scottish Social Services Council can help you get into ELC

There are lots of routes into ELC and on top of that, there’s no set career path. To find out what a career in childcare could look like for you – or to see if your existing qualifications or experience could help – contact the Scottish Social Services Council.

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“Thòisich mi air Preantasachd Ùr-nòsach Cùram Sòisealta Ìre 3 san Lùnastal 2014. Tha mi a-nis nam mhanaidsear air companaidh cùram-cloinne co-thaiceil Gàidhlig, is suas ri 70 leanabh againn gach latha.“

“I started my Level 3 Social Care Modern Apprenticeship in August 2014. I am now manager at a Gaelic wraparound care company, with up to 70 children each day.”

Janey MacPhail

Early Learning and Childcare Manager