Early Years Assessor - Part Time

Central Bedfordshire College, are currently recruiting for an Early Years Assessor in Care, Childcare and Counselling at our Dunstable Campus.

Main Purpose of the Role

To create effective and stimulating opportunities for learning through high quality assessment that enables the development and progression of all learners.

The practice of assessing

  • Negotiate individual learning goals with learners
  • Demonstrate that individual learner needs have been taken into account within a cohort of learners, even where it is perceived that all learners have the same learning goals.
  • Identify key aspects of relative current legislative arrangements
  • Establish ground rules that underpin appropriate behaviour and respect for others
  • Demonstrate the application of professional codes of conduct, principles of inclusiveness, including respect for confidentiality
  • Promote equality and engage with diversity, and know how to challenge discriminatory behaviour and attitudes

Conduct initial assessment

  • Administer initial assessment in own specialist area. For example, form
  • filling, informal interviews
  • Have an understanding of the use and purpose of different methods of initial assessment and their appropriate application
  • Have knowledge and understanding of different initial assessment methodologies
  • Select and apply different initial assessment methods for appropriate use with learners within an inclusive framework
  • Make use of the results of initial assessment in preparing for personalised learning

Plan for learning

  • Prepare schemes of work to meet the individual needs of learners
  • Develop learning programmes which are coherent and appropriate for learners
  • Plan differentiated learning activities which create the opportunity for individual learners to be assessed against measurable outcomes

Select and/or develop materials

  • Select appropriate materials from the range available
  • Know ways to adapt use of materials to ensure inclusiveness

Assess learners and provide constructive feedback

  • Use a range of assessment activities which produce valid, reliable and sufficient evidence
  • Assess learner performance
  • Encourage learners to reflect on their own and others’ performance through self and peer evaluation
  • Facilitate opportunities for learners to use peer and/or self assessment
  • Give constructive feedback to learners
  • Facilitate opportunities for learner feedback
  • Devise differentiated activities which create the opportunity for individual learners to be assessed appropriately against measurable outcomes
  • Review goals with learners and negotiate and agree achieved outcomes on a regular basis
  • Demonstrate understanding of differences between assessment and evaluation
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of feedback to aid the improvement of learner performance

Contribute to the quality cycle of the organisation

  • Monitor learner progress
  • Keep accurate records of learner progress
  • Contribute to organisational quality procedures
  • Use information on learner progress to contribute to quality improvement.
  • Participate in standardisation activities

Evaluate own practice

  • Evaluate own practice on a regular basis
  • Collaborate with others to improve own and team performance
  • Engage in continuing professional development

Ideal candidates will have have the following experience and qualifications:


  • Capable of establishing empathy with learners
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to learners
  • Able to work in a confidential manner
  • Keep meticulous records
  • Work constructively with employers and their learners
  • Understand the standards of attainment required by learners


  • TAQA (or equivalent)
  • IQA (or equivalent or willing to work towards)
  • Level 3/4 Early Years qualification

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About Bedford College

Central Bedfordshire College (CBC) operates campuses across Central Bedfordshire.  Offering a wide range of modern and professional facilities to prepare students for their chosen career pathway.  CBC benefits from excellent transport links and town centre locations, enabling students to experience a high standard of education and training, alongside a thriving social experience.

About The Bedford College Group

The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

Terms and Conditions - Bedford College

  • 22 hours per week
  • 45 days annual leave (Pro Rata), plus bank holidays
  • Free on-site parking (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.