We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them.
We believe that parents know their children best and we will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting development.
We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our on-going development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals, as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.
The progress check at age two
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development - personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language - when a child is aged between 24 - 36 months.
Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the check using information from on-going observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.
Records of achievement
We keep an electronic record of achievement for each child using a system called 2Simple. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together their achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for their well-being and to make progress.
Your child’s key person will provide you with regular updates on their progress via email. They will work in partnership with you to keep this record current and there will be opportunity for you to add to this record electronically too. To do this you and your child’s key person will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements.
This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. Together, we will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.