How Do I Become An Early Years/ Childcare Assessor?


If you work in Early Years or Childcare and you’re interested in becoming an Assessor within this sector, you have come to the right place. At the Axiom Dynamics Training Academy, we specialise in delivering the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA), the recognised qualification for assessors working in both the public and private sectors.

This assessor course can transfer you into a new career, where you can help others gain childcare qualifications. Whether you are an organisation, a nursery, or just looking to build up your own skillset, we can help you get qualified quickly.  If the qualification is a priority for you, it is possible to achieve certification in just a few weeks.

What are the early years?

The early years describes children aged up to the age of five. The first few years of a child’s life are crucial. Children must to be ready to go into school which means they need to have developed mentally, socially and emotionally. An early years practitioner is someone who works with young children in any school, nursery, or childcare environment.

The role of an early years/ childcare assessor

An assessor’s role is to observe practitioners in their workplace, provide support and guidance by collecting evidence, assessing their abilities, and enabling them to gain their desired qualifications.

What qualifications will I need?

While many employers will look for relevant industry qualifications and/ or experience, there are additional qualifications that you will need to become an assessor within the sector.

The first qualification you must have is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).  This qualification is for those who carry out assessments in the classroom or other training environments and certifies that you are competent in the evaluation of the training and real-life work of your learners.

This course is made up of three mandatory units:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment

There are assignment questions to complete and as part of your portfolio, there must also be performance evidence for the following assessment methods:

  • observation of performance in the work environment;
  • examining products of work;
  • questioning the learner
  • professional discussion

Find out more about the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Qualification (CAVA) here.  

If you also wish to teach within this sector you will also need the Level 3 Award In Education & Training – AET (PTLLS). This is an entry-level qualification which certifies that you are able to teach and train others.

This course is made up of three mandatory units:

  • Understanding the Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
  • Understanding and using inclusive learning and teaching approaches in education and training
  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

You will also need to complete a 15 minute micro-teach on a subject, that has been chosen by yourself. 

Find out more about the Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS) here

What do I need to do?

Once you have registered for any of our qualifications, we will email you your unique online portfolio.  You will be required to complete this as part of the qualification, but do not worry, we will explain this to you via a video conference call, for example Zoom or Teams, and at an agreed time with yourself, so you have an understanding of what it is you need to do.

What support will I receive?

To help you complete any of our teaching or assessing qualifications, and within your portfolio, you will find PowerPoint presentations, voiceovers and tutor notes that relate to each unit. We will also send you an e-textbook(s) by author Ann Gravells and an additional e-version of our delegate pack for whatever qualification you are studying, that includes more information, lesson notes and templates. We advise you to use these for your further reference and guidance when it comes to assessments.

Remember though, your dedicated online tutor will be on hand should you run into any difficulty while completing any of our qualifications.

Hopefully, this short explanation has given you a better understanding of what you need to do to become a tutor/ assessor within the early year/ childcare industry, however, should you have any further questions please do get in touch here.

Thank you.


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