At Great Western we have been providing quality childcare and pre-school /nursery education in and around Aberdeen for over 25 years. By making the choice to entrust your children's care to us you can be sure that you have chosen an organisation that provides both excellent facilities and qualified staff who understand your children's developmental needs.
No matter the age of your children we are sure that you will find Great Western Nursery and Out of School Clubs can deliver the service you need. We pride ourselves on offering "wraparound" childcare meaning that we cater for all ages between 0 and 12.Many of our children started out with us as babies and are still with us 12 years later making good use of our out of school clubs. 

How can Great Western Training Centre help you achieve your goal?

As a Great Western candidate you will receive support, training and guidance throughout the course of your qualification.

 You will have access to a wide range of resources and materials to compliment your learning.

An assessor will be appointed to you and will work with you to support you in all aspects of your award.

Follow a day in the life of two brothers who attend one of Great Western Pre School's Aberdeen nurseries, learning through indoor and outdoor play.

What are SVQs?

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) are recognised, work-related, competence based qualifications.They reflect the skills and knowledge needed by an Early Learning and Childcare practitioner to do their job effectively and show the candidate is competent in the area of work the qualification represents.

Benefits of the  SVQ

- Receive on the job training supported by your assessor
- Learn practical skills you can use everyday
- Understand how to relate theory to your practice
- Achieve your qualification while you earn


Qualifications are achieved through assessment and training. Assessment is achieved through on the job observations and the candidate producing evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the SVQ standards.

SVQ awards we offer: 

SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SQCF Level 6
SVQ Level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SQCF Level 7
SVQ Level 4 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SQCF Level 9

SVQ Level 2 Playwork at SQCF Level 6
SVQ Level 3 Playwork at SQCF Level 7  

Great Western

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The Team

Jayne Marshall

QAC, Assessor and Internal Verifier

Maxine Williamson

Assessor and Internal Verifier

Vicki Cartney

Assessor and Internal Verifier

Yvonne Ryan