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Student Placement

Student placement

We recognise that the quality and variety of work that goes on in a Pre-school makes it an ideal placement for school students undertaking work placements and students on childcare courses.

Students are welcome to enter the Pre-school under the following conditions:

  1. The needs of the children are paramount. Students under the age of 17 years old are counted as a child in the staff:child ratios. Students will not be admitted in numbers that will hinder the essential work with the children.

  1. College tutors must confirm students as being on a bona fide childcare course which provide necessary background understanding of children’s development.

  1. Students needing to have written studies of a child must obtain written permission from the child’s parents and all studies will be anonymised 

  1. Any information gained by the student must remain confidential.

  2. Students must agree to our confidentiality policy that any information they gain about individual children, staff or business related to the pre-school must remain confidential.

The Pre-school have carried out a risk assessment to examine any possible risks of having students in our setting.  As a result, all students will receive an induction meeting from our Pre-school Manager or Deputy which includes agreeing to our policies and all safety procedures.

Students are allocated a staff buddy who they can go to for advice or support during their time at Pre-school.  Students will also receive an information pack as part of their induction which includes a Safeguarding Cue Card and details of what to do if they have safeguarding concerns and who to report their concerns to.

Students are not allowed to assist children in the bathroom, change nappies, deal with first aid accidents or be left alone at any time with children. Students are permitted to help children with outer clothes e.g. jumpers and coats. 

Where an employed member of staff is studying towards a childcare/education qualification, their duties and responsibilities remain the same as per their contract. Qualified members of staff and assessors will oversee and mentor their studies and tasks. 

Policy reviewed: November 2021 (changes made)

Next review: November 2022