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Early Years Placements

A Critical Guide to Outstanding Work-based Learning

AUTHOR : By Jackie Musgrave and Nicola Stobbs

ISBN : 9781909682658

Publication : Mar 9, 2015

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781909682665

Publication : Mar 9, 2015

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781909682672

Publication : Mar 9, 2015

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781909682689

Publication : Mar 9, 2015

Extent : 144 pgs


This is a key text for all those undertaking placements or work-based learning (WBL) in early years settings. Taking a practical approach underpinned by theory and research, it guides student practitioners through their WBL to help them achieve an outstanding experience. There is a focus on the variety of child, parent and practitioner perspectives plus case studies involving the full range of ages from across the early years. While it is invaluable in answering key questions about placements it also encourages a reflective and critical approach throughout that develops and promotes professionalism. It is completely up to date with the latest Early Years Foundation Stage and includes reference to the Early Years Teachers' Standards. 


  1. Introduction
  2. Glossary of acronyms and key terms
  3. Preparing for placement
  4. Being a professional in practice
  5. Safeguarding
  6. Key documents and reports 
  7. Your first day
  8. Linking theory to practice
  9. Observation, planning and assessment
  10. Statutory assessment
  11. Working with colleagues
  12. Working with parents
  13. Relationships with children
  14. Reflecting on and writing about placement
  15. Appendix - Learning journal template
  16. Index


Jackie Musgraveis a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Early Childhood at the University of Worcester.  She qualified as a sick children’s nurse and then taught early childhood care and education at a college of Further Education.  She has taught Higher Education students for the past 10 years. Jackie has a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield, where her research focused on an aspect of practice-based learning for level 3 students. Her doctorate research examined the effect of chronic health conditions on young children’s inclusion in their early education and she has just been awarded her PhD.

Nicola Stobbs initially trained as a primary school teacher, and worked as a class teacher for 5 years.  She worked at a pre-school and was promoted to the manager’s position, running the setting for another 12 years.  She has an MA in Early Childhood and also gained Early Years Professional Status.  During her time as a setting manager Nicola was a mentor for many students on placement.  She is committed to providing excellent care for children and supporting students to become the excellent practitioners that children deserve.  She now works at the University of Worcester supporting student practitioners.

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Your Reviews on this book

This is a super book. I feel it will be an excellent book to support students' professional studies.

Gillian Sykes, University of Northampton


I loved this book.
Carla Solvason, University of Worcester

I was very impressed with this book. I liked the mind maps at the beginning of each chapter and the clear writing and application of theory and practice.

Sandra Lyndon, University of Chichester
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