Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Year 2 Early Years Practitioner Placement
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  made up of assessed subunits and assessed sessions 12000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  Portfolio (made up of assessed subunits and assessed sessions). Failed elements will have to be retaken. 12000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Integrate theoretical perspectives in the delivery of professional practice.

Meet and evidence the national occupational standards for early years’ practitioners.

Consider and evaluate implications of research findings for future personal development.

Brief description

The module will encourage students to take ownership of their personal, professional and academic development and utilize this to enhance their practice. Students will be required to keep a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their ability to meet the national occupational standards for early years’ practitioners. Critical reflection in relation to current practice and professional roles will be an integral part of the portfolio. Evaluation of current research findings and exploration of the possibilities and implications for future development both personally and within the profession will be encouraged. Students will be assigned both a university supervisor and a placement mentor.


The professional practice portfolio will consist of evidence from practice in an early years setting. During their placement, students will be supported online to cover the following topics:

Key concepts in work based learning (2 hour lecture)

National Occupational Standards and professional development (2 hour lecture)

Working with your mentor (2 hours)

Structuring the portfolio (2 hours)

In addition, each student will have a designated supervisor and a placement mentor who will monitor the student’s progress. The student will be expected to email a fortnightly update of progress to the supervisor. The supervisor will undertake two assessed visits of the placement.

Throughout year 1 and semester 1 of year 2, compulsory workshops will be held with students to provide details on organizing placements, professional conduct and assessment portfolios.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience The ability to reflect upon one’s own progress and identify and act upon one’s own development needs will be essential throughout this module.
Co-ordinating with others Whilst out on placement, students will be required to work with others and reflect upon this in their portfolio.
Creative Problem Solving Students will need to show efficiency in the organisation of large amounts of complex information and the ability to identify, describe and analyse the key features of the information.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will need to use research skills in order to explore the practices they include in the portfolio.
Digital capability Students will need to use appropriate ICT throughout their portfolio, particularly in the case of data analysis if this is necessary. Students may need to work with or present data where appropriate.
Professional communication The ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, will be an essential element of the portfolio. Students will need to develop logical and clear argument and show an aptitude for the effective use of information in a direct and appropriate way.
Reflection Students will need to continuously reflect upon their own practice and consider their personal development.
Subject Specific Skills Students will need to demonstrate the skills necessary for working in a professional practice.


This module is at CQFW Level 5