CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

Early years, care and mental health courses – starting January 2022

If you already work in the field of early years, care or mental health you will know how important and rewarding the work is. You will know how a kind word or gesture or just really listening to someone can transform lives for the better and how there is always something more to learn and understand or, if you are new to the sector but want to give yourself the best chance possible of success, a relevant course with CALAT is absolutely where you need to be. 

Check out our range of courses starting in January 2022 below then get in touch to begin, or continue, your journey.

Free Workshops

Course start date and duration:

12 January 2022 – 1 week 10.00am to 1.00pm

26 January 2022 1 week 10.00am to 1.00pm

Who is this course for?

This introduction session is suitable for those who would like to find out more about working with adults in the care field.

What will I learn on this course?

During this session you will gain an understanding about working with adults and the different types of roles and training available.

Progression opportunities

On completion of the course you could apply to do a level 1 course supporting adults.

Course entry requirements

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar.

The session will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in joining this session or enrol here.

Course start date and duration:

13 January 2022 – 1 week 6pm-8.30pm

17 January 2022 – 1 week 10.00am to 12.30pm

Who is this course for?

This introduction session is for you if you are thinking of starting a career as a child-minder.

What will I learn on this course?

During this session you will be able to discuss and explore the role of a child-minder and what it means to provide safe care and education for young children.

Progression opportunities

On completion of the course you could apply to do a child-minding course with CALAT.

Course entry requirements

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar.

The session will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in joining this session or enrol here.

Course start date and duration:

13 January 2022 – 1 week 10.00am to 12.30pm

Who is this course for?

This introduction session is suitable for those who would like to find out more about working with children.

What will I learn on this course?

During this session you will gain understanding about the different roles and setting that offer childcare and early education.

Progression opportunities

On completion of the course you could apply to do a level 1 course working with children at CALAT.

Course entry requirements

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar.

The session will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in joining this session or enrol here.

Working in Mental Health 

Course start date and duration:

31 January 2022 – 12 weeks

Who is this course for?

The course is for you if you have an interest in Mental Health and gaining a better understanding of it. This may be to progress a career as a mental health care worker or a career in care and support or purely for interest.

Alternatively you may already be working or volunteering in these sectors and want to complete valuable additional training to help support your work.

What will I learn on this course?

You will:

  • Explore issues surrounding mental health and the challenges these raise for those living with mental health problems on a daily basis.
  • Take an in depth look at the myths and misconceptions commonly associated with mental health.
  • Identify the rights of people who live with mental health issues.

Progression opportunities

On completion of the course you can apply to join the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health or Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health.

Alternatively, depending on your current job role you may want to apply for one of our adult care courses .

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

31 January 2022 – 12 weeks

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of children and young people’s mental health.

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learner’s knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s mental health.

What will I learn on this course?

You will:

  • Look at children and young people’s mental health in context.
  • Learn about mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people,
  • Discuss the impact of mental ill-health on children and young people.
  • Research the support available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people.

Progression opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to any of the following courses depending on job role and employment status:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)
  • Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

27 January 2022 – 14 weeks

Who is this course for?

This course if for you if you are interested in finding out more about mental health and well-being , have completed a level 1 Introduction to Mental Health and want to build on skills and knowledge to further your understanding or career opportunities.

What will I learn on this course?

You will:

  • Focus on the study of mental health and mental well-being to support different occupational areas.
  • Understand mental health legislation, services and public attitudes and how these have evolved
  • Learn how to support mental well-being through various stages of life
  • Look at the mental ill-health, treatment options available and the potential consequences of mental ill-health
  • Gain the skills required to work in a mental health service.

Progression opportunities

Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Working in Early Years

Course start date and duration:

26 January 2022 – 12 weeks

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are interested in a career in either care or childcare and do not have an existing qualification and are not currently in employment.

What will I learn on this course?

You will learn:

  • About all aspects of working within the care and childcare sector
  • How to support individuals in care and childcare
  • Safe working practices in care and childcare
  • How to raise concerns relating to safeguarding
  • About a typical day in care or childcare – roles and responsibilities

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can apply for the following courses depending on your employment status:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Care
  • Level 2 Certificate in caring for Children
  • Level 2 Diploma in Care or Level 2 Diploma in Early Years

Alternatively you may wish to apply for another of our range of courses such as those relating to Understanding Mental Health.

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

25 January 2022 – 16 weeks

Who is this course for?

This is for learners who have interested in working with children but do not have a role in the childcare setting. Learners should have some experience of working with children or completed a level 1 course working in childcare.

What will I learn on this course?

This course will help you understand your role in supporting children and young people. It will give you understanding of child development and children’s rights. It will enable you to gain knowledge of safeguarding the welfare of children and supporting equality and inclusion.

Progression opportunities

When you have completed this course you may want to gain a full qualification such as the Level 2 Diploma Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator.

You may want to widen you knowledge by attending the Level 2 Certificate in understanding children and Young Peoples mental health, this course could allow you to get an unqualified role in childcare schools out of school clubs

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

3 February 2022 – 44 weeks

Who is this course for?

This is a qualification course for people who are currently working or volunteering in an Early Years Setting. This course will help you to understand how you support children’s learning and development. This course is for learners who are who have some experience of working with young children.

What will I learn on this course?

This course will enable you to achieve a level 2 qualification that is recognised in early years setting.

The course will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings
  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings.
  • Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes,
  • Partnership working in the early years and Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

Progression opportunities

When you have completed this course you may want to gain a full qualification such as the Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator, you may also want to take a course in a specialist areas such as Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and young people’s mental health OR Level 2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties. This course will enable you to work as a level 2 practitioner in day nurseries preschools schools and children centres.

Course entry requirements

You will need to have an English Level 1 qualification.

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

28 January 2022 – 36 weeks

Who is this course for?

This is a qualification course for people who are currently working in an Early Years Setting. Learners will need to have experience supporting children’s learning and development. This course will support you to build on your skills and knowledge . The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years

What will I learn on this course?

This course will enable you to achieve a level 3 qualification that is recognised in early years setting. The course will cover:

  • Health and Wellbeing of children
  • Legislation, Frameworks, and Professional Practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • The course will support you to link theory to practice in the Early Years Setting

Progression opportunities

When you have completed this course you may want to gain a full qualification level 4 advanced early year’s practitioner or Level 5 Diploma Early Years senior practitioner. After gaining experience of working at Level 3 you could train as an assessor.

To be counted in ratios at level 3 practitioner you will need to have English and maths at level 3.

Course entry requirements

You should be currently employed in an Early years setting.

You will need to have an English Level 1 qualification.

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Working in Care

Course start date and duration:

26 January 2022 – 12 weeks

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are interested in a career in either care or childcare and do not have an existing qualification and are not currently in employment.

What will I learn on this course?

You will learn:

  • About all aspects of working within the care and childcare sector
  • How to support individuals in care and childcare
  • Safe working practices in care and childcare
  • How to raise concerns relating to safeguarding
  • About a typical day in care or childcare – roles and responsibilities

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can apply for the following courses depending on your employment status:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Care
  • Level 2 Certificate in caring for Children
  • Level 2 Diploma in Care or Level 2 Diploma in Early Years

Alternatively you may wish to apply for another of our range of courses such as those relating to Understanding Mental Health.

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

28 January 2022 – 16 weeks

Who is this course for?

This knowledge based course is for learners who have completed a Level 1 Award working with Adults and Children.

This course is for learners that would like to work in the care sector but currently are still looking for a job, and want to gain knowledge and skills to progress to level 2 qualifications in Care.

What will I learn on this course?

This course enables learners to deepen their knowledge of working in care, practices and values of working with vulnerable adults.

You will explore skills and qualities needed to work in care, the role of the care worker, safeguarding and how to respond to meet the needs of individuals you work with.

You will also have opportunity to gain a certificate in ASCENTIS Award in English Skills Reading and Writing as well as Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health and Social Care.

Progression opportunities

This course will help you progress to a L2 Diploma in Care or a L3 Diploma in Adult Care depending on your job role.

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

28 January 2022 – 30 weeks

Who is this course for?

This Diploma is for those who are employed in the Care sector and who are looking to gain a meaningful progression route, be career ready and gain enhanced employment opportunities.

You may be working in a range of roles such as Domiciliary Care, Residential Care or with clients with a range of support needs.

This course helps you understand clients’ needs, gives you greater insight and awareness to work to a professional standard which is now required by the Care sector.

What will I learn on this course?

The Diploma consists of units which are carefully matched and personalised to your current role.

The units will include Communication, Safeguarding, Food Safety, Food Safety Person centred approaches, Mobility, Personal development, Active support and Personal care

You will also complete an OCN prevent unit and City and Guilds employability units.

This course helps you understand clients’ needs, gives you greater insight and awareness to work to a professional standard which is now required by the Care sector.

Progression opportunities

This course will help you progress to a L3 Diploma in Adult Care depending on your job role.

You may wish to apply for any of our Understanding Mental Health qualifications advertised on our website.

Course entry requirements

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.

Course start date and duration:

28 January 2022 – 30 weeks

Who is this course for?

The Diploma is for those who are employed in the Care sector.

Learners joining Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care will be working in a range of roles such as Keyworker, team leader, and shift leader, and senior.

This course helps you understand clients’ needs, gives you greater insight and awareness to work to a professional standard required by the Care sector. This course will raise your profile in the role you currently work in.

This course is for experienced Care workers wishing to build on existing knowledge and skills to enable effective, high quality of care for service users.

What will I learn on this course?

Topics will include:

Communication, Safeguarding, Person centred Approaches, Lead care worker, Medication, Challenging behaviour, Mental health, Dementia, Learning Disabilities, Substance misuse, Advanced care planning, Effective team working

Units are carefully selected and personalised in discussion with your course teacher to match your current role.

You will also complete an OCN prevent unit and developing emotional resilience.

Progression opportunities

  • On successful completion you may wish to apply for L4 Management in Care.
  • After gaining experience of working at Level 3 you may wish to train as an assessor.
  • You may wish to take an access course for a degree in Care or related sectors.
  • After further experience in Care you may wish to train as a teacher delivering Care qualifications.

Course entry requirements

You need to be employed in the Care sector in a role that can gain evidence to meet the awarding body requirements.

You need to complete a short English assessment to show you can cope with the written demands of the course and have an individual interview with the course teacher.

You will need a laptop or computer with a webcam and be able to use a word processor program or similar to complete your homework.

At present this course is taught in centre however, if circumstances change the course will be delivered online.

Joining instructions

Please email training4care@croydon.gov.uk if you are interested in applying for this course.