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Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3

The Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3 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. They cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas. Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Course Info
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Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. Learners will need to be at least 18 years old at the point of enrolment.

Work placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

We recommend that the placements should be undertaken in at least two different settings so that all three of the following age ranges are covered.

Age RangeMinimum required hours in a work setting
0 – 1 year 11 months25
2 – 2 years 11 months133
3 – 5 years192


Attendance is closely monitored by your tutor and training advisor. Excellent attendance is required in order to achieve the qualification.

What will I learn?

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) units:

The course combines developing your practical skills at work combined with theoretical knowledge at college.

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)
  • 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

How will I be assessed?

The above modules will be assessed practically and through written assessments. This is a practical course where students are expected to provide evidence through classroom activity, guided assignment work, practical sessions and workplace experience.

What award will I achieve?

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce EYE.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of 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. Students on this course are required to be either employed or working in a voluntary capacity in a suitable childcare setting that can include Nursery, Pre-school or School.

Additional entry requirements include GCSEs Maths and English at grades A*-C (9-4). Individuals that do not meet the qualification criteria but do have significant experience within the skills sector will still be considered on an individual basis. We offer English Language and Mathematics GCSE intensive resit programmes over 32 weeks to adults over the age of 19. These are part-time courses consisting of one 3 hour session per week with a subject specialist tutor. To have full licence to practice you must have obtained GCSE Maths and English on completion of this programme.

Course Progression

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

National Skills Level 3 Offer

From April 2021, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee gives adult learners (who will be studying for their first full Level 3 qualification) the opportunity to study without paying course fees. It is part of the government’s National Skills Fund to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment, and to improve their job prospects.

This Level 3 course offered at Colchester Institute is included in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

This programme will be free if you meet the eligibility criteria listed below. If these do not apply, you may need to pay a fee, and the fee is located further down the course information page. You can apply for a loan to cover all of your tuition fees.

Do I have to pay a fee?

The information in this section applies to this course, and as such may not apply to other courses with different funding criteria.

This course is for learners aged 19 and over.

You will not pay tuition fees for this course if you are:
aged 19-24 on the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19 and over at the start of this course and you do not already have a qualification at this level (a full Level 3 or equivalent).

* This means that you have not previously attained a full Level 3 or equivalent (2 A Levels or 4 AS Levels, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at Level 3, or a Level 3 Tech level or applied general qualification (e.g. BTEC)).

In some cases, if you need to first enrol on a lower level course, before progressing to a level 3, this may also be fully funded by the government.

You will pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19 and over at the start of this course and have previously achieved a full Level 3 qualification
Learners required to pay tuition fees can either self-fund (whereby you or your employer pays for the course) or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all, or part, of the tuition fees for this course.

The minimum loan you can get is £300, but the maximum will depend on how much the fees are and the type of course you take.

What if I am on a low income or unemployed?
From 1st April 2022 adults in England who already have an existing full Level 3 qualification or higher, or have previously achieved any other qualification included in the Level 3 adult offer, may be able to study this qualification for free.
You will not pay tuition fees provided that your qualification was achieved before 1st April 2021 and you meet either of the criteria below:
aged over 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits
employed and earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525)

For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available through the College’s discretionary bursary fund. Although the funds cannot be used to pay for course fees they can be used to contribute towards other course related costs such as travel, childcare, books and equipment.

Advanced Learner Loans

Am I eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

To qualify for an advanced learner loan to cover the fees for this course you must be:

  • 19 years old or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
  • A UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this

Most learners that fall into this bracket will be eligible, it doesn’t depend on your household income and there’s no credit check!

If your nationality or residency status is different to the above, then please contact the national Advanced Learner Loan helpline on 0300 100 0619 or check the Advanced Learner Loan website: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan where you will be able to find further information on eligibility.

How do I apply for an Advanced Learner Loan?

Once you have applied and been offered a place on the course, the college will provide you with a ‘learning and funding information letter’. These are normally sent out in early July.

You need this to complete the loan application and you cannot apply for a loan until you have received this.

Once you have applied for a loan and it has been approved you will receive an official letter from Student Finance England.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

Applicants thinking of enrolling on this course can apply for funding to help with the costs associated with attending college.  Bursary funds are targeted at students where there is an identified low household income.

If your household income is below £25,000 per annum, you are likely to be eligible for support through the 19+ Bursary Fund (19+ and taking your 1st Level 3 course) or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund (for students paying tuition fees with an advanced learner loan).

The bursary fund cannot provide help with costs unrelated to your course, such as general living expenses, nor can it be used as an attendance incentive.

Applications to the fund are not normally considered if the household income exceeds £25,000 but may be considered in some instances if the household is experiencing severe financial hardship.

Funds are targeted at course related costs such as travel, childcare, books and equipment.

Regardless of income or employment status, students self-funding (including where an employer is covering course fees), are not eligible for financial assistance through any discretionary bursary funds.

When can I apply?

Bursary Fund applications for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year will be open from June 1st 2022.

For courses starting in September 2022, applications should be made by 1st November 2022. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. Applications received after 1st November will be considered on a pro-rata basis subject to need and the availability of funds.

Payment Options

Can I pay in instalments?

Where total course fees exceed £200 you (or your employer, if they are paying your course fees) can choose to pay your fees in instalments through a monthly payment plan.

40% of the fee or £500 (whichever is lower) will be payable at enrolment.

The balance must be paid within 6 months or by the end date if the course is less than 6 months in duration.

Payment in full in advance

Payment should be made in full at the time of enrolment. Acceptable payment methods include Debit Card and Credit Card (excluding American Express). Please note that we are no longer able to accept cash or cheque payments.

Applications Open Now!

The application window for part-time courses starting in September and October 2022 opened on January 4th 2022, and we start processing applications from this date.

Applications for this course are made via our online application form and you are able to access it from this course page.

Once you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Apply Online‘ button located in the menu directly underneath this section.

Upon successful submission of an application you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Admissions team. If you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received.

During the second half of the summer-term (May and June), applicants will start to receive further correspondence from the College about the next stages of the admissions process. These will include details about interviews with the course tutor or any pre-assessments and trades tests.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

 

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Duration36 weeks. Work experience can take up to 18 months duration.
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 4th January 2022
AttendanceClassroom based delivery is 1 day per week 10am - 2pm
Fee(s)19+: £2,882*
*This course will be free to any adult meeting the eligibility criteria under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

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.