Preparation (Students Must Read)

Preparation (Students Must Read)

In preparing for placement learning, students must read all the information on this page

The Foundation Degree Working with Children Young People and Families is designed to provide you with the foundation for a range of careers working with children, young people, and their families.

Work Based Learning placements occur in year one and year two of the course and students are placed in a wide range of settings in the statutory, voluntary, and private sectors for example, schools, children’s centres, nurseries, family support services etc.  Placements are highly valued and provide a crucial element of your course in that they offer you the opportunity to observe and learn from skilled professionals, to develop your values, skills, knowledge, competence and to put into practice the theories you are taught in University.

This page provides students and placement providers with key information needed to prepare for and get the most out of work based learning experiences.

Professional Requirements (links to page on which DBS and Occupational Health requirements are set out)

Preparation for Practice Learning 

All students must attend and pass the Semester One modules prior to attendance on placement.  These include

  • Safeguarding and Assessment of Children.
  • Work Based Learning 1 Academic- which is designed to prepare students for placement.

Student Guidance

Important - you must familiarise yourself with the following policies and guidance, held in the Policy Library/Student Guidance Policies section of this website (Link to Sheffield Hallam University webpage).

  • Reporting Incidents, Accidents or Concerns
  • Health and Safety
  • Data Protection
  • Inclusivity
  • Staying Safe 
  • Working Hours
  • Travel
  • Dress code

Induction to your Allocated Placement

Induction to your placement is undertaken with students at their allocated placement. 

Students must attend the placement provider's induction event in order to continue on their allocated placement.  If you are unable to attend for any reason you must inform your placement provider and the university's Professional Placement Team using your university email address before the scheduled event.

Assessment of Practice Documentation

As a student it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with your assessment of practice documentation and Work Based Learning placement learning outcomes for the placements you attend.  This will help you to plan for and document your placement learning opportunities and support your Work Based Learning supervisors to provide you with feedback using the assessment of practice documentation appropriately.

You must document all hours you attend on your placement and have these verified by your placement provider.

Work Based Learning - student placement evaluations

You will be invited by the university to complete a placement learning evaluation questionnaire when you complete your placement learning experience.  Further information is provided on the Evaluation page on this website.

Course Specific Guidance

The course modules will prepare students for Work Based Learning experiences in many ways.  Further information is provided in the Work Based Learning Handbook.

Year One Modules

  • Safeguarding and Assessment  (20 credits)
  • Personal Professional Academic Development  (20 credits)
  • WBL1 Academic (20 credits)
  • Foundations for Effective Collaborative Practice (20 credits)
  • WBL1 Practice (20 credits)
  • Child Development (20 credits)

Year Two Modules

  • Developing Capability for Effective Collaborative Practice (20 credits)
  • UIEEP (20 credits)
  • Theories and Practice of Parenting (20 credits)
  • Refugees and Migrant Families OR Creative Approaches to CYPF (20 credits)
  • WBL2 Practice (20 credits)
  • WBL2 Academic (20 credits)