Local Authority Training

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Council offer a range of professional learning for practitioners.  All training listed on the Academy site is open to all practitioners across City, Shire and Moray.

Click on the training provider below to see what is available.


The Scottish Government also run a national website which provides information about a career in Early Learning and Childcare around Scotland.

Universities, Colleges & Training Providers


Aberlour Futures
Supporting the early learning & childcare workforce in Aberdeen City and Shire.
We are an SQA accredited centre with 25 years’ experience of delivering vocational qualifications and training with and for the early learning and childcare workforce in Aberdeen City and Shire. Our staff are experienced and qualified childcare practitioners and SVQ assessors who are committed to providing high quality training and assessment to support best practice in all aspects of childhood practice.

Click on the links below for further information:
Aberlour Futures Overview
Skills for Work Guide for Children and Young People
Aberlour Futures Modern Apprenticeships

Success means providing excellent quality & service. It means keeping up with the latest changes & staying ahead of competition. To do that we need skilled staff that are full of ideas, know the job and understand how to offer the best level of support to children & their parents. That means they need quality training. Our apprenticeships give you the best ‘hands-on’ training experience that there is to offer for on your placement. Apprenticeship training with BNG offers a route to qualifications and skills in a fun, challenging and exciting industry. BNG Training deliver the Modern Apprentice programme in Social Services, Children & Young People at both SCQF Level 7 and 9 & training will be delivered face to face with our candidates receiving a one to one assessor who will support them throughout their programme and will visit them regularly in their placement. All our assessors are fully trained with the relevant qualifications but also have vast experience within the childcare field.

For further information contact Louise Grant on 07939908358 or click on the link below


Cairn Training delivers high quality professional training in Early Years sector.  We are well informed on SSSC requirements and have a range of qualifications to meet the needs of professionals working with young children. We strive to deliver an excellent standard of training; enabling candidates to gain recognised qualifications, in ways which suit them best with a team of supportive assessors.

Our website: http://cairntraining.com/index.php


Through discussion, we can create bespoke learning and development days or packages to meet your needs – whether face-to-face or via e-learning. A key aim of our work is to increase learners knowledge, confidence and engagement in reflective practice to support high-quality provision for children and families and continuous improvement.

In addition to learning and development, we offer a consultancy service to work with you and your team to support improvement. For more information please telephone us on 01463 222569 or email info@calachildcare.co.uk .

Our website: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training-services/


Dundee and Angus College provides further and higher education training, delivering full-time and part-time courses to over 11,000 students annually.

We are moving away from traditional thinking and are focussing much more on careers not courses.  We want our learners to be better informed and prepared for the career options available to them, no matter what stage they are at.

Find out more on our website at: https://dundeeandangus.ac.uk/

View all our Early Learning and Childcare training courses at: http://bit.ly/da_elc

The Aberdeen Branch serves Aberdeen City and Shire. The branch provides a forum for those interested in early years education and care to come together to share, experience and learn about development in the early years sector. Meetings of the Aberdeen Branch take place in a regular venue (the McRobert Building in the University of Aberdeen) and we have found that we can sustain around five meetings in a year. We vary the timings of these meetings in order to fit in with speakers’ availability, and uptake can vary considerably.  In line with many associations, the branch has had its ups and downs, but due to the enthusiasm and determination of committee members over the years, it continues to thrive.

Click here for further information.

Early Years Scotland is committed to providing the very best start in life for every child in Scotland. We are the leading national organisation for children pre-birth to 5. We work directly with managers and staff teams, with children, parents and carers at home, in local communities and in prisons.

Early Years Scotland offers a range of professional learning opportunities to inspire, encourage and support your practice. As a specialist early years organisation, we bring a wealth of early years experience to our Professional Learning events and look forward to sharing great practice with you as we strive to give children in Scotland the best start. Career-long professional learning allows you to stay informed in the ever-changing landscape of a sector experiencing rapid growth and development. Commitment to professional learning, reflection and personal development ensures that your knowledge of policy, practice and pedagogy is up-to-date and relevant. This means that your learning pathway will be underpinned by current legislation, the latest research and best practice shared by colleagues from across the sector and will encourage you, your team or your organisation to reflect upon and develop your early years provision.

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At Great Western Training and Assessment Centre we are dedicated to making sure our candidates have the best possible training to support their Early learning and Childcare practice. We are an SQA accredited Modern Apprenticeship provider, offering a range of qualifications including; – Social Services (Children & Young People) Levels 2, 3 & 4 and Playwork Levels 2 & 3. For more information on how we can support you to achieve your qualification click here to contact Jayne Marshall and Carol Macaulay to kick start your career.

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The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) is the only organisation dedicated to supporting childminders in Scotland. Our aim is to promote childminding as a quality childcare service. We do this in part by helping SCMA childminders to be the best they can be

SCMA provides a range of learning opportunities, specifically for childminders, which supports the development of high quality practice in line with current legislation and guidance. Taking part in opportunities from Learn with SCMA enables you to take responsibility for both your professional growth, development and that of your childminding service – focussing on children, to help them achieve their full potential.

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The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has a key role in helping the social service sector see the connections in different learning activities and the resources available to support workers and others.

Whatever your role and level of experience, the SSSC Learning Zone has apps and resources to help you develop your knowledge and skills. These are all completely free and you can work through them at your own pace. Learning from the resources can contribute towards your Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL) and employers are more than welcome to use our resources within their workplaces. Click on the links below for further information:



At the University Of Aberdeen School Of Education we believe your degree should be planned around you, so we offer flexible and individual approaches to study. Our BA Childhood Practice degree is offered fully online so that you can take your learning to the next level while you work.

The Early Years team is committed to providing not just an opportunity for students to gain a professional qualification, but to give practitioners the opportunity to grow, develop and excel in their practice.



At Moray College UHI, we are experienced and committed in providing a high standard of childcare work based training and full and part time courses. Within our SVQ centre we have a small team of experienced assessors and verifiers, and we can tailor the work based training package to suit the learners’ needs. Currently we offer Social Services Children and Young People, SCQF 6 aimed at Support Workers and Social Services Children and Young People, SCQF 7 aimed at Practitioners. Both these awards will allow the learner to meet the Scottish Social Service Council registration requirements. We also offer Modern Apprenticeships in Childcare and work with a number of local Nurseries.

We have an extensive Childcare curriculum where prospective students of all ages can study courses from entry level to Honours Degree. We offer provision in Playwork, Early Education and Childcare ay Level 5 and 6, Childhood Practise at NHC level and Child and Youth Studies and Childhood practise at  BA [Hons]. Many of our courses include placement with an employer meaning that you can gain valuable practical work experience.

Find out more about what we offer at www.moray.uhi.ac.uk  or by contacting Jacqui Taylor on 01343 576425.