Message on ECGPC Placement


Dear 'All'

As you will be aware, the latest lockdown situation is going to have implications on placements and therefore the requirements for the Graduate Practitioner Competencies placement days.

As a network this is something that we have been aware of for some time and already discussed with you in the summer. Following the workshop in July, we put together a working paper to give ideas for placement competencies to be achieved when not in placement. We are attaching this paper for your information. Please continue to share ideas and plans with us, as this is where the network has its real strength; that we can learn from each other and support each other in this difficult time. There is going to be a need to think creatively and consider alternatives, to compensate for the "delay of real” placement opportunities to develop competencies. In this uncertain time, we know that a number of universities are postponing placement to spring and summer, which comes with a further workload and its own uncertainties in this difficult time.

As you will be aware the network does not audit your delivery of the competencies – that is down to your University quality processes and in this your External Examiner. Please make sure to consult the guidance in the QAA benchmark statement from July 2020 regarding External Examination of the ECGPC (ECS QAA July 2020 Benchmark attached, in the appendix you find the ECGPC requirements).

The main consideration for quality assurance will be that the students obtain practical knowledge and competencies, with the application of theory to practice. We must ensure that the students develop their practitioner competencies with the quality we expect from a graduate level practitioner.

We hope that this helps a little. Should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

On behalf of the ECSDN and with very best wishes

Tanya & Sigrid

Dr Tanya Richardson PhD, MA (Ed.), BA (Hons.), EYPS, FHEA
ECSDN Treasurer and Membership Secretary

Programme Leader for Early Childhood Studies
Senior Lecturer in Early Years
Faculty of Health, Education and Society
University of Northampton

Sigrid Brogaard Clausen
ECSDN Vice President, Professional Issues

BA & MA Early Childhood Studies/ Early Childhood Research Centre
Head of Year 2, BAECS
University of Roehampton

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