Student Placement

Statement of intent

The Pre School setting recognises that qualifications and training make an important
contribution to the quality of the care and education provided by early years settings. As
part of our commitment to quality, we offer placements to students undertaking early
years qualifications and training, including those studying for the CACHE level 2
Certificate in Pre-school Practice and CACHE level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice.

Aim

We aim to provide for students on placement with us experiences that contribute to the
successful completion of their studies and that provide examples of quality practice in
early years care and education.

Methods

  • We require students to meet the ‘suitable person’ requirements of Ofsted and unless
    registered as fit persons, students will not have unrestricted access to children.
  • We require schools placing students under the age of 17 years with the setting to
    vouch for their good character.

    We supervise students under the age of 17 years at all times and do not allow them to
    have unsupervised access to children.

  • Students who are placed in our setting on a short term basis are not counted in our
    staffing ratios.
  • Trainee staff employed by the setting may be included in the ratios if they are deemed
    competent.
  • We take out employers’ liability insurance and public liability insurance, which
    covers both trainees and voluntary helpers.
  • We require students to keep to our confidentiality, health and safety and equality and
    diversity policies.
  • We co-operate with students’ tutors in order to help students to fulfil the requirements
    of their course of study.
  • We provide students, at the first session of their placement, with a short induction on
    how our setting is managed, how our sessions are organised and our policies and
    procedures.
  • We communicate a positive message to students about the value of qualifications and
    training.
  • We make the needs of the children paramount by not admitting students in numbers
    that hinder the essential work of the setting.
  • We ensure that trainees and students placed with us are engaged in bona fide early
    years training, which provides the necessary background understanding of children’s
    development and activities. A tutor must provide conformation of this.
  • Students who are required to conduct child studies will obtain written permission
    from the parents of the child to be studied.
  • Any information gained by students’ about the children, families or other adults in the
    Pre-School must remain confidential.

Policy adopted at the management committee meeting held on 2nd November 2006