ASSESSMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Assessment in the EYFS is ongoing for all areas of learning. Children’s learning is recorded in a Learning Journal. Adults make regular observations of children during adult led activities and child initiated learning. Children are generally provided with an enhancement or the opportunity to extend their learning during an observation. Adults extend the children's learning 'in the moment' through interactions using tools such as modelling, scaffolding, suggestions or questioning. The observation is written down and put in the child's learning journal, adults will highlight any pupil voice and how they have extended the child's learning on the observation form.
Throughout the year, children are provided with mini reports, unique child summaries or an end of year report. These will explain:
- Learning experiences, often related to previous next steps (what the children have learnt)
- Characteristics of effective learning (how the children learn)
- New next steps
Children are assessed against age-related statements at the following points:
- On entry
- Half termly thereafter
- On exit
A judgement of a Good Level of Development (GLD) is also recorded at the end of the Reception year. The Characteristics of Learning reports, along with the Good Level of Development results are given to Reception parents/carers at the end of the summer term.