Observation & Assessment
The Early Years Foundation Stage – What is it? The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
The new EYFS framework aims to: Place stronger emphasis on the three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development.
These three areas are:
• communication and language;
• physical; and
• personal, social and emotional development.
How do we assess and observe your child?
In order to assess your child’s development alongside the EYFS framework, the following observations and assessments take place.
• A progress check at age two. This links with the Healthy Child review carried out by health visitors, so that children get any additional support they need before they start school.
• Ongoing Learning Journeys completed by Key people, which you have access to at any point.
• We observe the children every day and take note of special things they say and do. We often take photographs.
• We also do ‘in depth’ observations every 8 weeks, when we notice in more detail which areas of learning the child is accessing and how the child is learning.
• In the Autumn, Spring and Summer, we make professional judgements as to within which bracket the child is operating for the main areas of learning. They might be in a range of brackets typically from the 8 – 20 month bracket to the 40 – 60 month bracket and if development in any area is delayed we plan individual activities to support the child to help them progress.
Our priority is getting to know your children as best we can so they have the most enriched experience whilst they are with us. We ask you to let us know your child’s interests as they evolve and always love to hear stories or see pictures of what you have been getting up to at home. Once a term, your child will be a focus child for a week, when we set up activities in line with their specific interests, such as pirates, a cafe, gift wrapping, rocket making, cooking or their favourite books. We find it helps us really understand them, and helps them feel special too.