Modern Apprenticeship SCQF7

If you are new to a childcare role or looking to become qualified, then this could be the SVQ for you to learn or expand on current skills.

Invest in Excellence: The Apprenticeship for Competent and Confident Childcare Professionals

The SVQ3 Social Services (Children and Young People) qualification is your gateway to a rewarding career in childcare, fully recognised by the SSSC. Embark on this Modern Apprenticeship to elevate your skills through practical, hands-on experience, building your competence and confidence. Dive deep into essential areas like safeguarding, effective communication, health and safety, and continuous professional development, tailored to your specific career aspirations. The SSCYP qualification is not just a course; it’s a transformative journey that paves the way for diverse and fulfilling career opportunities in childcare. Embrace this opportunity to shape your future, make a difference, and inspire the next generation. Your path to a brighter future in childcare starts here.

3 Simple Steps to Get Started

Employer initial consultation to discuss the Apprenticeship role. 

Learner initial assessment to match you with a suitable Apprenticeship.

An ideal fit between Employer and candidate to drive digital transformation. 

Work-Based Learning Delivery Model

Start Dates:

Rolling start dates available


Average 12 Months

Delivery & Training:

Detailed Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are supported by quarterly workshops, 1-1 in person/remote meetings scheduled every 2 weeks. There are no exams, portfolio assessment only. Assessment methods include: observation, case studies, guided discussions, research, Q&A, witness testimony, reflective account writing supported by work based evidence. All evidence is uploaded to our portfolio building software, Trello – an online collaborative technology. This can be accessed by all stakeholders to measure progress, evidence and compliance. 

Progress Reviews:

Every 12 weeks, learner, mentor and assessor attend to review progress, highlights and contextualise development of ILP to meet business goals and learner personal development.

Cost & Funding:


  • Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will pay a contribution to the overall cost.
  • 16-19 year olds are fully funded by SDS, no Employer contribution required.
  • 20+ are subject to eligibility checks and an Employer contribution is required.

Successful Partnerships that speak for themselves

“Direct Partners is one of the training delivery partners on the Vocational Training Framework (VTF). We value collaboration with Direct Partners who at all times provide quality service to VTFs’ clients and deliver on project targets. Not only do they deliver quality vocational training but they also provide professional employability advice to clients and recruitment support to participating employers.”

Gosia Lysakowska

Training Coordinator

“Angels on my way. I am a migrant woman who had given up the possibility of working in my profession for immigration reasons. When I agreed to direct partners I was defeated, until Beverly set her eyes on me, then I found myself preparing interviews to work in nurseries and being part of the group that started with them in November 2023. Afterwards I was guided, pampered and supported by Nina and Lisa throughout my learning period. Even on a personal level ❤ Now I embrace my future with bigger and better options, with great enthusiasm and a heart full of gratitude. There are not enough words to say thank you, dear DIRECT PARTNERS TEAM 💘🌻😊”

Aida Rendon

Childcare Modern Apprentice

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