Have you recently had a new baby, or are about to soon, and would like some additional support and guidance in those early days and weeks? Or perhaps you would just like an extra pair of hands so that you can catch up on some sleep and other things? Maybe you have an older baby or child and could benefit from some additional support and guidance, or an extra pair of hands to enable you to juggle everything? If so, and if you are looking for an affordable way to receive some temporary support, then the London School of Childcare Studies (formerly known as HATA) Work Experience Programme could be just the thing for you.
LSCS specialises in providing a range of high quality training and professional development courses for child carers including Maternity Nurses, Night Nannies, Day Nannies and Sleep Consultants. All our courses are developed by industry experts and delivered either by these experts themselves, or by highly experienced, vocationally competent trainers. A key component of our training programmes and courses is work experience placements, which enable newly qualified students to gain valuable experience and references. LSCS trainee students have varying degrees of practical experience, although many have a strong background in a childcare profession (e.g. our Maternity Nurses and Sleep Consultants are often highly experienced nannies who are looking to develop their skills through further training or want to take a slightly different career path).
All trainees that take on work experience placements will have: a placement on a LSCS training course and/or a successfully completed LSCS qualification; an up-to-date DBS check; a valid first aid certificate, relevant references (either character, professional, or both); and will hold appropriate insurance.
Below you will find an outline of the roles that the LSCS Work Experience Programme can fill, alongside further detail on the range of support that each role can provide.
Maternity Nurses will typically be looking to work with families with young babies aged from 0-3 months. They can offer a wide range of support, including:
Night nannies will typically be looking to work with families with slightly older babies, toddlers and children. They can offer a wide range of support, including:
Sleep Consultants will typically work with babies, toddlers and children. They can offer support in a variety of different formats that are best suited to any individual family. This may include, for example, telephone conversations offering advice, written sleep training plans, follow up calls, and even overnight stays. Sleep Consultants will be able to offer advice and guidance on:
Day Nannies will typically work with older babies, toddlers and children. They can offer a wide range of support including:
We recommend that trainees are only left in sole charge of babies and children, with no parent on the premises, if both the families and the trainee are confident that the trainee has a sufficient level of experience to take on this responsibility.
Rates and hours
It is for LSCS trainees and families to negotiate the terms for each placement. Many of our trainees are flexible with fees, which are typically at a considerably lower rate than fully qualified and experienced practising practitioners. However, LSCS Training Academy recommends the following suggested terms regarding rates:
Whilst we do recommend that trainee work experience placements are paid, there is no obligation to do so, especially if the trainee has minimal experience. However, as a minimum, all expenses (such as travel and food) will need to be paid for. We also recommend that students who take on unpaid roles should work on shorter-term placements. It is, however, possible to submit a request for another student once the initial placement has been completed.
Feedback and references
Whether a role is paid or unpaid, it is important that all work experiences placements provide trainees with the opportunity to demonstrate a range of skills and learning objectives that they can add to their CV. In addition, we ask all families to provide ongoing feedback to trainees throughout the placement. We also ask that parents allow students to practise ‘teaching’ them, even if confident in all areas, so that students can develop their own skills for future families. Families will also need to provide references upon completion of placements.
If you would be interested in securing a trainee from the LSCS Work Experience Programme, please fill in this form:
"After taking the Common Core Skills course I also decided to take a maternity course after my very positive experience with HATA. All the trainers were so professional and had lots of experience in their fields. It really gave me a newfound confidence in my skills, especially after my boss went on to have a second baby."
I have completed all my training through HATA (apart from my Hypnobirthing Practitioner) Sleep Training, Healthy Eating, First Aid, Maternity Nurse Training and the OFSTED Course. I have made a lot of friends through HATA a lot of which I speak to on a daily basis. I will continue to promote HATA to all my friends and those in this profession. I can honestly say that every course I have done with HATA has affected my profession in a good way. I have also made so many life long friends.
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