Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship

Are you looking for a new career direction, challenge or the opportunity to increase your understanding of working with children? Here at Colchester Institute we offer a supportive environment to extend your knowledge and skills to meet the rewarding challenges of working to support children’s learning and development. Then we have the course for you!

The Children and Young People’s Workforce Advanced Apprenticeship Early Years Educator (EYE) programme is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 8 years of age.

The course is aimed at students aged 16 or over who wish to complete an apprenticeship in a specific vocational area. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge skills are covered?

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship units:

The course develops your practical skills at work combined with theoretical knowledge to gain the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

Course Content:

  • 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
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings (QCF)
  • English and Mathematics GCSEs or English and Mathematics Functional Skills
  • Level 2 ICT Functional Skills (upon completion)

Course Materials:

  • Learner hand books
  • Learning assist (E portfolio)
  • Face to face work shops
  • Access to E functional skills site

Registration and certification with the awarding body

What award will I achieve?

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce, Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Functional Skills at Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates should have a strong interest in working with children to support their learning, and development. They will need to be dedicated and committed to their study and be responsible for their own learning. Learners on this course are required to be employed in a suitable childcare setting that can include Nursery, School or Pre-school. Entry requirements include relevant level 2 qualification, GCSEs at grades A*-C/4 and above or Functional Skills. Individuals that do not meet the qualification criteria, but do have significant experiences of working within the skills sector will still be considered.

You will need to obtain a DBS disclosure check. This must be completed by your work place.

How often do I have to attend college?

Learners will be assessed in their work place. All evidence and written assessments are completed through our online platforms. Learners will receive support from an assessor throughout the duration of the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

This is a practical course where learners are expected to provide evidence through face to face discussions, guided assignment work, practical sessions and workplace experience.

What can I do next?

Possible progression to Higher Education programmes. Higher Education opportunities may include the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Colchester Institute.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?

The benefits are that you are going to be able to develop and grow apprentices appropriately to your work place needs, whilst supporting their chosen career path in early year’s education.

Colchester Institute is here to help support this valuable process in a personalised way, so that we enhance the apprentices learning and contribute to your work place requirements.

What will this cost my business?

From April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England will be changing. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Learners will be assessed in their work place. All evidence and written assessments are completed through our online platforms. Learners will receive support from an assessor throughout the duration of the qualification.

How is the apprentice assessed?

This is a practical course where learners are expected to provide evidence through face to face discussions, guided assignment work, practical sessions and workplace experience.

What about support in the workplace?

You are required to support the apprentice throughout the duration of their course by providing an appropriate mentor, release time to meet with their assessor in the work place or release time to attend face to face workshops.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Our team will provide:

  • A free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship
LocationColchester
DurationThe course can usually be achieved in 12-18 months
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£2,500
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£250
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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