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Early Years Workforce: Early Years Educator Advanced Apprenticeship at Croydon College

Course description

This Apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and confidence to plan for individual needs and work independently with a room full of children, aged up to five.

This course is ideal, if you want to gain a licence to practice and enter the world of work as an Early Years’ Educator.

This qualification is structured around four themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Theme 4: Professional development

The College has exclusive work-based assessors and classroom teachers, so you’ll be allocated an assessor and a classroom teacher. This way you’ll receive a high quality personalised experience.

You will have access to excellent facilities for the course, including a classroom based training nursery and the College’s very modern main library and learning resource centre, which boasts up to date computers, plus relevant books and online journals.

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.

Course content

This Early Years’ Workforce Advanced Apprenticeship will give you the chance to learn new skills and gain a top level qualification, while continuing to earn a living.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • The chance to boost your CV and win a tablet, by entering the College’s popular competition - Apprentice of the Month! Tutors nominate apprentices who meet the nomination criteria,  which includes improved overall achievement and high grades.

  • Spend just one day a week in the classroom and the rest of your week in work putting your new skills and knowledge into practice.

  • Receive a recognised and respected qualification at the end of the course.

  • You will be taught by staff who have considerable experience having worked with children as Nannies, Nursery Managers and Primary School Teachers in the UK and abroad.

  • Great earning potential - research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their career than other employees (NAS, 2013).

  • Work ready - a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills survey showed that qualified apprentices score 4% higher on employability than university graduates (ICM Survey, 2013).

  • Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team at the College will support you throughout your training.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.


To gain this qualification you will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete a longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment

Assessments will be carried out by your tutor and assessor ‘holistically’ using a range of methods over a period of time. This could include direct observation in the workplace, questioning, discussion, written assignments or written tasks set by CACHE.

Future opportunities

This course provides a direct progression route to:

  • Secure full time paid employment
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years
  • CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England)

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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    • We are:

      • 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