More about the ELC Academy

The ELC Academy is a collaboration of Moray Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council along with training providers and governing bodies of ELC practitioners.

The ELC Academy is committed to increasing the number of ELC Practitioners in the North East of Scotland and developing the careers of those already working in the sector.

How we do this 

We work together to highlight the various routes into ELC careers and are developing an even broader range of training practices to enable sustainable routes to suit individual circumstances.  We're currently implementing a quality award scheme to continually  improve the quality of ELC - more details to follow.

As equal partners we respect, value and recognise all contributions
We value the insight of the children, parents and carers across the North East of Scotland to help us shape the current and future workforce
We openly share expertise, leadership roles and resource to realise our ambitions

To increase the number of flexible routes into the profession
To increase the number of practising practitioners
To increase retention of the workforce
To increase diversity across the workforce
To improve the quality of the workforce

So what does the ELC Academy actually do?

Role and Remit of the Early Learning and Childcare Academy

The Early Learning and Childcare Academy has been established to ensure that we attract sufficient numbers into the workforce to support the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare.

The Academy has 3 main functions.

  • To collect, collate and use data to inform shared work to increase workforce capacity by:


  • Analysing current supply including the quality and diversity of the workforce
  • Anticipating future demand
  • Tracking the success and sustainability of current routes into the profession
  • Providing detailed analysis of trends of particular groups to expand diversity
  • Analysing current spending on qualifications to ensure best use of resource
  • Gathering and analysing data on barriers to expanding the workforce
  • Recording movement across the workforce to anticipate future trends


  • To promote Early Learning and Childcare as a positive Career choice


  • Promote ELC as a positive Career choice including with under- represented groups
  • Evaluate the impact of approaches to inform future targeted work
  • Develop and maintain an on-going communications strategy
  • To promote a progressive career structure
  • Maximise and publicise employability options in SIMD 1&2


  • To design, coordinate and review a variety of pathways into ELC by:


  • Collaborating with a range of partners to plot current routes
  • Collaborating to diversity the number of routes into ELC to attract higher numbers to the profession to include distance learning, out of hours training and work based training
  • To align work with the DYW agenda
  • Establishing links with Community and Family Learning to agree shared approaches for those seeking supported routes into the profession
  • Advise of on-going training requirements