Borders College

Nursery practitioner gains essential registration qualification

A member of staff at a Peebles nursery has recently completed an essential vocational qualification to enable her to remain registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Kamila Morawska-KaimAs a Nursery Practitioner at First Nursery, Kamila Morawska-Kaim is required by her employer to be well qualified and to maintain her professional knowledge.  As part of her ongoing professional development, Kamila completed the SVQ3 Social Services Children & Young People at SCQF level 7 with the support of both her employer and Borders College’s Business Development Unit. 

Workers in the Childcare Sector in Scotland are required to complete this qualification, which is considered the most relevant for Childcare Workers, in order to remain on the SSSC register.

Ann Duncan, Childcare Tutor/Assessor within the Business Development Unit, said:

“Kamila was already well qualified to work with children in Poland as she has a Masters degree, however to enable her to work in UK she had to gain an extra qualification. She worked very hard to come to terms with the different terminology needed and put a lot of research and time into completing her SVQ, and uncomplainingly put up with me returning work for alterations to ensure she was understanding Scottish requirements.”

Kamila herself said of her studies:

“After months of hard work, I feel very satisfied with the SVQ.  During this study, I learned a lot about my workplace and, in particular, I got acquainted with the criteria in force in a nursery.  This qualification gives me the opportunity to work with children in Scotland and has expanded my knowledge of children's care, development and learning incorporated in the national occupational standards and the qualification structure identified by Skills for Care and Development.”

If you are employed in a Childcare role and want to find out more about this SVQ, or other vocational training options, please contact the Business Development Unit at or on 01450 361030.

Published: Thu 22nd Feb, 2018