Gateway Requirements

SS Educational Services will need a reference from the employer confirming the Apprentice is consistently working at, or above, level 3, as well as:

  • Maths and English level 2
  • Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma
  • Portfolio with Statement of Authenticity
  • Level 3 Paediatric First-Aid Award

The End-Point Assessment Methods

1) Knowledge Test

  • Multiple Choice Questions 
  • 35 questions
  • Closed book, i.e., no referencing books or other materials 
  • 60 minute duration 
  • To achieve a PASS the Apprentice must correctly answer a minimum of 23 questions, and all safeguarding answers must be correct

2) Professional Discussion

  • A 90 minute 1:1 between the Apprentice and IEPA
  • 10% extra time is permitted to enable the Apprentice to complete an answer
  • The Professional Discussion will be recorded for Quality Assurance purposes 
  • Questions to start discussion will be from the question bank and generated by the IEPA to target specific areas of the Portfolio 
  • The Professional Discussion allows a full synoptic assessment of the Apprentice, testing aspects of the Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours gained

More Information

The Early Years Educator Level 3 End-Point Assessment delivered by SS Educational Services includes:

  • 12-weekly touch points to ensure that the Apprentice is on target to meet their Planned End Date
  • A step-by-step guide which includes all required documentation
  • Experienced sector specialists delivering the EPA
  • Written feedback
  • A fast turnaround speed


£500 (remote)

£600 (face-to-face)

Duration of End-Point Assessment

Unlike other End-Point Assessment Organisations, we can provide the apprentice with their end-point assessment in as little as a week of entering Gateway, and their results are shared shortly after our IQA process has taken place, which we aim to complete within a week.

SSES offers this service nationally, both face-to-face and remotely.




Please see the IfATE Assessment Plan below for full details.