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Early Years' Education Introduction Certificate Level 2 at Croydon College

Course description

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to work, or has just started to work in the Early Years Education Sector. It gives you the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of, and develop skills in, the early year’s sector.

This course also supports progression of your studies in early years and gives you the opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within the early year’s sector.

You will cover a wide range of topics including children’s health issues; how to protect children; how to plan for and meet children’s needs through play; and learning and working with other professionals to promote children’s well-being. You will work with children of different age ranges between birth and five years’ old.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

During this course you will have the chance to spend two days per week in work experience in a childcare setting, including all age ranges within that setting.

You will be supported by qualified work placement assessors who will help you progress and develop your practical skills.

You will be studying at a College where the childcare provision is recognised by local employers with a good reputation which will help you secure good work opportunities.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of interesting and relevant seminars, trips, visits and guest speeches to give you a wider understanding of the course.

You will be taught by industry experienced teachers who have a range of childcare based backgrounds and expertise which they will pass on to you to give you a greater understanding of what it is like to work in the childcare sector.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths GCSE grade D or Level 2, or above.

Applicants will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check before starting this course.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods. This could be direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

  • 50% of your work will be assessed on your practical competencies in different childcare settings.

  • 50% of your work will be assessed through tutor marked essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and seminar discussions.

  • Work experience is a compulsory element of this qualification.

Future opportunities

This course qualifies you to work in the early year’s sector in a supervised position.

Successful completion of this course may also enable you to progress onto:

  • Level 3 - Early Years' Educator VRQ Diploma

  • Level 3 - Preparation for Work in Early Years' Education and Care (Practical Bridging Course)

  • Advanced Apprenticeship - Early Years Workforce: Early Years Educator

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Croydon College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport