To support Early Years and child care workers, and those interested in pursuing a career in this area, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) will launch an online Early Years toolkit later this year.
'In 2006, the National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce identified a need for clearer career pathways within the sectors,' says Nina Roberts, Learning and Development Adviser, Scottish Social Services Council. 'The Scottish Executive's response in 'Investing in Children’s Futures' asked that a toolkit which supports career pathways be in place by September 2009.'
The online toolkit will be a one-stop shop, helping anyone currently working in, or considering a career in Early Years and child care, such as nursery workers or play workers, to identify career pathways. It will include an interactive section showcasing case studies of Early Years practitioners explaining how they have developed their careers. The toolkit will be available from the SSSC website later in 2009.
The SSSC was established in October 2001 under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act, as part of a drive to raise standards in social services and to promote a competent, confident workforce.
Following the announcement of required registration, managers and lead practitioners of day care of children services must register with the SSSC by 30 November 2010, practitioners by 30 September 2011 and support workers by 30 June 2014.