Preparing for placement

During these unprecedented times we have taken the time to listen and understand the concerns of our centres and learners. Based on this, we have created a pre-placement programme for learners who may not be able to access their placements due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This programme will be a useful tool for learners to work through whilst waiting for a suitable time to begin their placements or re-enter settings.

We have also undertaken a mapping exercise to show where the programme topic areas may assist with learners achieving learning outcomes of their qualifications.

View mapping document


NurseryVue is aimed at Level 2 and 3 Early Years and Child Care learners. It was designed in consultation with learners, tutors and subject specialists in order to give an accurate picture of what it’s like to work in a nursery setting.

Learners will be able to consider the health and safety factors involved in working with children in a nursery by exploring topics such as food and nutrition, physical care routines, unwell children, as well as risks and hazards.

We have adapted this feature for use on a PC with no need for a virtual headset. Each topic has a short introduction, interactive exercise within the nursery, and then three multiple choice questions at the end.

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Year one learners

There are three modules for year one learners to work through, which include videos to watch, activities to carry out and a trip to a virtual nursery via NurseryVue.

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3

Year two learners

For year two learners, there is one module looking at reflective practice with tasks to carry out and research to undertake. Year 2 learners may also find it interesting to explore NurseryVue.

Guidance on Reflective Practice and Placement

Other useful resources

Here you’ll find other useful resources which are not new and available on our qualification pages, but we have brought them all together to make things easier for you and your learners.

Placement handbook: guide for learners/apprentices
Learner induction pack
CPD guide for early years practitioners
The Brain Story

 Your feedback is important to us

We hope that you find the programme useful in the current circumstances and when life returns to a state of new normality, the programme will always help learners prepare for placement. Your feedback is important to us and we use this to adapt and improve our resources, to ensure we are giving you all the support you need.

If you have any comments or if there’s anything else that you would like us to offer, please get in touch.