A NEW cohort of North-east childcare professionals have received qualifications after undergoing training with Aberlour. A total of 85 students, including 17 Modern Apprentices, celebrated their success at an awards ceremony held at the Copthorne Hotel. They had all completed training with Aberlour Futures – Aberdeen City and Shire, a non-profit making SVQ training and assessment centre, part of Scotland’s leading children’s charity, Aberlour. Awards received on the night included SVQ Qualifications Level 2, 3 and 4 in Children’s Care Learning and Development; Social Services (Children & Young People); Playwork, and Professional Development in Childhood Practice, SCQF Level 9. Certificates were handed out by Aberlour’s Director of Children and Families, Jim Wallace, while a number of childcare professionals shared their training experiences. Mark Duguid, Area Co-ordinator from Community Link Childcare, described the challenges and rewards he experienced while studying for his SVQ 3 in Playwork, while Vicky Cartney from Great Western Pre-School and Emma Walker from Little Dreams Nursery also shared their journey as being part of the first cohort to achieve the Professional Development Award in Childhood Practice. If you would like to find out more about becoming a child care professional, contact the team at Aberlour Futures on (01224) 764 500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.