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Childcare: Children and Young People's Workforce Intermediate Apprenticeship at Croydon College

Course description

This Apprenticeship is ideal if you want to work with children and young people or have just started doing so. You will get the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people.

It will also suit you if you are more confident away from formal full time classroom based education.

The varied and practical subjects covered on this Apprenticeship, include:

  • Introduction to communication in children’s and young people’s settings
  • Introduction to personal development in children’s and young people’s settings
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Supporting children’s and young people’s positive behaviour

As an apprentice you can expect a high quality personalised learning experience, from your assessor and classroom teacher.

You will have access to facilities 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 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Childcare 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:

  • Spending just one day a week in the classroom and the rest of the time learning directly on the job gaining real world experience and skills.

  • Being taught by highly experienced staff who have worked with children as nannies, nursery managers and primary school teachers both in the UK and abroad.

  • 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 include improved overall achievement and high grades.

  • Receive a recognised and respected qualification on successful completion of the course.

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

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

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

Entry requirements

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

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.


Assessments will be carried out during the course by your tutor and assessor using a range of methods including:

  • Direct observation in the workplace giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding, skills and theory knowledge.

  • Question and answer sessions.

  • Discussion, written assignments or written tasks.

Future opportunities

This Childcare Apprenticeship provides a direct progression route to secure paid employment in a variety of roles including:

  • Pre School Assistant
  • Early Years Worker
  • Care Worker/Assistant

Former apprentices are working in various roles with pre-schoolers and in nurseries. For example Jessica Fizul was promoted from a trainee to a fully-fledged pre-school assistant during her Apprenticeship. When asked if she would recommend the Apprenticeship, she said: “I would recommend it 100% because it made me feel like a professional and not a stereotypical girl doing childcare.”

Opportunities for further study while working, include progressing to the 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;
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      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport