We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship

The Children and Young People’s Workforce Advanced Early Years Educator Apprenticeship (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.

If you are looking for a new career direction, challenge or the opportunity to increase your understanding of working with children, then here at Colchester Institute we offer a supportive environment to extend your knowledge and skills to meet the rewarding challenges of working as an Early Years Educator to support children’s learning and development.

The course is aimed at students aged 16 or over who wish to complete an apprenticeship in a specific vocational area such as a Nursery Worker. 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)

Early Years Educator Apprenticeship 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?

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?

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?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee 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.
How To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 years old then please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

If you are aged 19 years or older please click the button ‘19+ Years – How to Apply‘, where you will be taken to the application options and information relevant to you.

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Extends knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of working to support children’s learning and development

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 3
DurationTypically 12-18 months
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£2,500
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£125

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% 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.


All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2019-20 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.