SSSC – Scottish Social Services Council

All staff working in registered Day Care of Children’s Services are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) within six months of beginning employment in the ELC sector.

Employers have a legal responsibility to make sure all their staff are correctly registered. It is an offence to continue to employ an unregistered worker for more than six months after their start date in a role recognised for registration. The roles include;

Managers/Lead Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services –

Workers who hold responsibilities for the overall development, management and quality assurance of service provision including the supervision of staff and the management of resources. Please note you do not need to register with SSSC if you are already registered with one of the SSSC recognised regulatory bodies. These include The General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services –

Workers who identify and meet the care, support and learning needs of children and contribute to the development and quality assurance of informal learning activities and/or curriculum. They may also be responsible for the supervision of other workers.

All Highland Council Early Years Practitioners (EYP) and Out of School Care staff are required to join the register as a “Practitioner”.

Any Highland Council Pupil Support Assistant (PSA) working in an ELC setting, on a regular basis, also needs to register with SSSC as a “Practitioner”.

Support Workers in Day Care of Children Services –

Workers who have delegated responsibility for providing care and support to children.

All Highland Council Early Years Support Workers (EYSW) are required to join the register as a “Support Worker”.

Any other member of Highland Council staff working on a regular basis with a child on an individual basis to support their care and welfare should also register as “Support Worker”.

Endorsing an Application

Highland Council Employees should select their area Early Years Officer to endorse their application.

For further information and detail regarding registration for the various ELC job roles see SSSC roles.

If staff change their job or role then they may need to apply to be on a different part of the Register. They should check their existing registration and create a new or additional application online MySSSC


Staff will either be awarded full registration if they meet the qualification requirements or conditional registration if they do not. A “conditional” registration  will require the registrant to meet the qualification condition within 60 months.

Staff are responsible for maintaining their own registration status and their annual renewal fees.

Staff are required by SSSC to complete 60 hours of CPD over a five-year period. All CPD should be recorded.

Please see the SSSC website for further details SSSC.