About the course:

This qualification equips learners with the experience and skills needed to develop a career in childcare in an array of settings. Areas covered in the modules include: Understanding child and young person development; supporting children and young people achieve their full academic potential as well as promoting their well-being

Course Structure:

Students must obtain a minimum of 35 credits by achieving:

• All eleven units from the Compulsory Group totalling 29 credits

• A minimum of 6 credits from Optional Group A 

Course Content: 

  1. Introduction to Communication
  2. Introduction to Personal Development
  3. Introduction to Equality and Inclusion
  4. Child and Young Person Development
  5. Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development
  6. Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  7. Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  8. Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
  9. Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People

What are the entry requirements?

For this qualification there are currently no formal entry requirements, however, students will be required to take Initial Assessments prior to their place on the course being confirmed. 

Assessment Method: The course attendance is split between Croydon SAM and your employer. You will need to attend Croydon SAM once a week during term time whilst the remaining time will be spent working for your employer. The assessment and visitation will occur at your workplace.

Qualification: The Level 2 Certificate in Children & Young People’s Workforce

Course Mode: Part Time

Duration: 12 – 15 months

Start Date: Flexible

Progression route?

When you have achieved your Intermediate Apprenticeship framework you may be able to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

What are the training costs?

The Current legislation regarding apprenticeships states that those undergoing an apprenticeship programme must be employed. Hence, apprentices must be paid the minimum statutory pay for apprentices and contractually employed on a full-time basis. The employers are responsible for these fees. 

If you would like more information regarding the Apprenticeship Levy, 

Please read the following information:

  1. Apprenticeship Levy
  2. Apprenticeships Reforms
  3. Key Points

The new Apprenticeship Reforms actualise from April 2017 with an innovative funding system beginning on 01 May 2017.
The following information establishes the key points that we currently know:

  1. Pay bill over £3m p.a. = Employer Levy @ 0.5% of total pay bill for UK-based staff
  2. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. = Employer Co-Investor @ 10% (Government pays 90%)
  3. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. and less than 50 employees = Employer Waiver @ 100% Government funded for 16-18 year old apprentices and employer 10% co investment for 19 plus
  4. A supplementary £1000 incentive for all employers and providers for taking on a 16-18 year old Apprentice and / or 19-24 year old previously in care or with an Education and Health Care plan



Are there any additional costs?

Other costs would include the purchase of text books.