Students regularly comment how much work-based learning helped them develop as reflective and confident practitioners.
- able to challenge,
- equipped with transferable skills,
- an advocate for children, families and early years services,
- able to think outside the box,
- able to communicate with children,
- someone that’s analytical and flexible.
- Choose EEC566 WBL for the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings.
- Choose EEC566 WBL+ for the opportunity to gain professional recognition of your early years practice.
EEC566 WBL+ enables you to complete additional placement hours and meet Early Years Educator standards through relevant assessed practice experience in an early years setting. This will qualify you to count towards the EYFS staff/child ratios in an early years setting. Please note that you must also have suitable level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications.
- Women's refuges
- Hospital activity centres
- Prison Service (Family Support)
- Arts and music projects
- Children's centres
- Montessori schools
- Special Educational Needs schools
- Primary schools
- Nurseries or Pre-Schools
- Research Interns on child centred projects
Our students share their experiences of work-based learning
"If you ever get the chance to do something out of your comfort zone then do it."
Georgia recounts how her work based learning experience led to her future career in the police force.
My WBL experience allowed me to spend time in a school environment which I hadn’t done before. By doing this I was able to dive into life in a school with the children and the teachers and experience what school life is like. I found the connections I made with the children really rewarding. As I was only there once a week, I wasn’t expecting to make such strong connections with both the children and the staff. I found this really encouraging to come back each week. It also really encouraged me to invest in the children and their progress. It really solidified my future options and what I want to do post graduation.
This experience not only helped me to boost my self-confidence but also made me realise how I was more capable of facing challenges. Being able to choose my own placement related to the career path I wanted has allowed me to not only gain confidence in how I can achieve my goals but also expand my knowledge. It allowed me to explore my options not only finding different places I could work and jobs I did not know existed, it also allowed me to test out how comfortable I would be in a role. It has made me more confident in the route I want to go down by having experience in that field.