Q. Train Head Office

We are in the heart of Edinburgh city, just 10 minute walk from Edinburgh castle. Please do contact a member of our team for any information on SVQ childcare training in Scotland.

We also operate an SVQ training office in Glasgow.

Head Office & Training:
Q Train Limited
Office Space Scotland
7-9 North St David Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1AW
Office: 0131 524 9505

Training Office:
7 Lynedoch Crescent
Glasgow, G3 6DZ
Mob: 0131 524 9505
Office: 0131 524 9505
Office Administration:
0131 524 9505


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We have 2 locations: Glasgow [Above] & Edinburgh Office Below

Glasgow Training Office

SVQ Childcare Training In Scotland
Social Services
Children & Young People Level 3

SVQ Childcare Training In Scotland
Social Services Children & Young People Level 3

The SVQ childcare training course, Social Services Children & Young People Level 3, is the recognised qualification to work with children and young people and meets Scottish Government registration requirements for childcare practitioners with the SSSC.

How Do I Apply?

You may apply online here: SVQ Online Application, or to request an Information and Application Pack via our website contact page Click Here; alternatively you can call 0131 524 9505.

When we receive your SVQ application forms you will be invited for an information session interview date at our Edinburgh or Glasgow office. Successful applicants will be informed.

A placement or employment opportunity will be organised if necessary, as you must be working with children to complete the SVQ qualification.

A date for your induction session to start the SVQ qualification will be arranged.

What Is A Modern Apprenticeship?

Earn As You Learn. SVQ childcare training, also known as Modern Apprenticeships in child care, offer young people the opportunity for full time employment & training while earning.

Full training will be given by Q.Train and your nursery. If you are not already employed by a nursery then we will assist you in sourcing employment in order for you to start your SVQ training. As an apprentice you will be expected to work with others in a team in a nursery providing activities and care for babies to five year olds. The nursery is your employer and is responsible for your employment terms, conditions, and salary.

Childcare work is very rewarding and requires a range of personal qualities such as an enthusiasm for working with children. You will need the ability to deal calmly with children's behaviour and have excellent communication, and interpersonal skills. If you have these qualities and want to do something worthwhile, then childcare is the career for you. Please read our childcare training & support page for more information about future careers in childcare.

SVQ Level 3

This SVQ is suitable for: 16-19 year olds wishing to work in childcare who are currently in employment or wish to seek employment and obtain a formal qualification.

The target audience for the SVQ in Social Services Children and Young People are people who want to be qualified practitioners in early years settings, childcare settings and residential/daycare for children and young people. It is a requirement by the SSSC that everyone employed in this capacity should be working towards achievement of this qualification if they don’t already have an accepted SSSC qualification.

An overview on the units can be found on the SQA website, details below:
Information Sheet SSCP Level 3 [PDF File]

Why Do You Need The Qualification?

It enhances your knowledge and skills and enables you to progress in your childcare career. The SVQ's are recognised qualifications required for childcare workers to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

For more information go to the link:
Qualifications For Practitioners Day Care Children's Services

Course Duration

It can take approximately 12-18 months to complete the course.


16 - 19 year olds completing a Modern Apprenticeship will be in employment already or an employment opportunity will be organised if necessary, as you must be working with children to complete the qualification.  Candidates are assessed in the workplace and shall produce evidence demonstrating competence in the job role.

  • Support Sessions & Tutorial classes
  • Online portfolio system 
  • Workplace visits and observations 
  • Reflective accounts 
  • Projects
  • Online and telephone support from your assessor

Course Content

Induction to SVQ
Child development age, birth to 16
Child health, wellbeing, child protection, health and safety, first aid
Promoting positive behaviour and partnership with parents
Planning and equipping an environment for children
Providing for children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs
Observing and assessing children, and curriculum planning
Planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities, and experiences
Developing own practice and communication skills
Children's rights, legislation and anti-discriminatory practice