More about the ELC Academy

The ELC Academy meets on a monthly basis, works to a common vision to achieve our shared objectives. If you are interested in supporting the work of the Academy please let us know!

The Early Learning and Childcare Academy is committed to collaborating to increase the number of ELC Practitioners by offering a wide variety of high quality flexible routes into the sector and promoting ELC as a positive career choice in order to build a confident, diverse and sustainable ELC workforce.

We collectively aspire to raise the profile of a career in Early Learning and Childcare by offering a range of flexible routes into the profession to suit individual circumstances in order to maximise the number of highly skilled diverse practitioners who progress through an ELC career pathway and fully reflect the communities they serve and deliver excellence for our youngest children.

As equal partners we respect, value and recognise all contributions
We value the insight of the children, parent and carers across Aberdeen City to help us shape the current and future workforce
We collaborative rather than compete
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