Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) practitioners

​Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) is the generic term for the full range of early learning and childcare provision, including family centres, nursery schools, nursery classes attached to primary schools, and childminders. ELC practitioners include teachers, practitioners registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) providing children’s daycare services, and childminders, who are required to be registered with the Care Inspectorate.

Professional learning is key to the effectiveness of all those who work in early learning and childcare. At Education Scotland, we work closely with sector, local authorities and other key stakeholder organisations to promote, develop, and provide a range of learning approaches and opportunities, to improve individual practice and professional development.

An overview of the requirements for professional learning and development for teachers working in early learning and childcare is provided on the teachers and lecturers page.

Most ELC practitioners who are not registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The Scottish Social Services (Registration) Rules set out the Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL) requirements that all registered social service workers must meet in order to ensure their continued suitability for registration.

In order to provide the highest quality provision for children and their families, it is good practice for childminders to seek to undertake professional learning prior to offering a service, and throughout their careers.

Related links

Professional Learning resources can be found on the National Improvement Hub.

A summary of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) resources

Scottish Social Services Council

Care Inspectorate

Early Learning and Childcare Professional Learning Community on Glow

Professional Learning Requirements

SSSC PRTL Guidance

GTCS Professional Update