BA Childhood Practice

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Childhood Practice is aimed at meeting the developing professional needs of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce. 

The University of Strathclyde has a long history of supporting and developing Early Years and Childcare Professionals. The BA Childhood Practice matches closely the Standard for Childhood Practice in Scotland and is designed to develop degree level professionals and future leaders in the sector.  

This course is currently under review and the revised programme will for the first time offer study at honours level. 

The course takes a holistic view of children's development, learning and well-being and covers areas such as:

  • Protecting and caring for children
  • Working with parents and carers, families, communities and other agencies
  • Developing practice in the leadership of others which is informed by an understanding of children and of childhood
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of relevant organisational frameworks
  • Developing a critical understanding of policies, practices and legal requirements relevant to the service
  • Fostering understanding in how young children learn and develop
  • Leading others in supporting play and learning and in how to encourage children to become healthy, active and achieving
  • Supporting teamwork and collaboration
  • Business management of the services provided.

Work-based learning will be a major and central feature of this provision.


The BA in Childhood Practice aims to meet the developing professional needs of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce. The Scottish Government has made this area of study a national priority by calling for a dramatic increase in the number of qualified Childhood Practice managers. By the time you graduate from this course, you will have gained the confidence and understanding to put your professional expertise into practice and gain promotion or a challenging and exciting career change.

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