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Early Years Educator Level 3

End Point Assessment – how will assessment be undertaken?

Knowledge Test Overview

A multiple choice test is an effective way of accessing the associated knowledge and skills for this occupation as there is a substantial quantity of theories, psychological practices and safeguarding knowledge to test and assess before competence can be confirmed. Test Format The test can be:

• computer based

• paper based It will consist of 35 questions, consisting of closed response questions (i.e. multiple-choice questions)

Apprentices must have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the test. The test is closed book which means that the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials.

Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio Overview

This assessment will take the form of a professional discussion, which must be appropriately structured to draw out the best of the apprentice’s competence and excellence and cover the KSBs assigned to this assessment method. It will involve the questions that will focus on coverage of prior learning or activity. The professional discussion can take place in either of the following:

· employer’s premises

· a suitable venue selected by the EPAO (e.g. a training provider's premises)

This assessment method will offer a full synoptic assessment of the apprentice, testing aspects of knowledge, skills and behaviours. It will allow the apprentice to evidence both the knowledge gained and its application through skills and behaviours. The discussion will allow the assessor to thoroughly test understanding through open and follow up (clarification) questions. This method also complements the qualification and the knowledge test, giving apprentices the best possible opportunity to evidence their competence, including beyond the level outlined in the standard (distinction). The underpinning portfolio also includes naturally-occurring evidence, which can be probed in detail to ensure understanding of the KSBs

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