Assessment & two year progress check
Assessment in the EYFS (Early years foundation stage)
The EYFS, 2017 states, ‘Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities to support. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. It involves practitioners observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles and then to share the learning experiences for each child reflecting those observations’.
Choochoos has an holistic approach when assessing children’s progress. Practitioners use daily observations/photos/videos, information from parents/carers and outside agencies, starting points, next steps, 2 year progress checks, planned activities and experiences to be able to assess our children, to get to know them and their development. Some of the ways we assess our children are explained in other sections on our website, e.g. starting points and next steps.
Choochoos captures our children’s progress within our eyLog (online learning journey programme) which generates a ‘Progress Tracker’. This progress tracker is individual to the child and gives our practitioners indicators as to where the child’s development is. These are shown within age brackets of the 7 areas of development and tracks based on the evidence we document.
This evidence is captured in photos, videos and observations, by parents/carers, other agencies/professionals and practitioners. The progress tracker includes all aspects of development in the EYFS (prime and specific areas of development). The tracker enables practitioners and parents/carers to see where a child is emerging, if they are developing or if they are secure at a certain stage and can move on.
It can be particularly helpful to identify early any areas of development your child may need extra support in or is achieving extremely well in. The progress tracker is checked by the manager and key person regularly to ensure it is an accurate picture of your child. It is shared ideally during parent meetings with parents/carers every term and next steps are created/agreed from the tracker to identify what stage of learning the child is at and to plan to support them to reach their next stage of their learning.
The two year progress check
What is the two year progress check?
- It is a requirement from the EYFS, that parents/carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas of learning.
- Focused on the three prime areas of learning, Personal, Social and Emotional Development/Communication and Language/Physical Development.
- Completed by the key person with the parent/carer, when a child turns 2 years old, using ongoing observational assessments carried out as part of everyday practice at Choochoos.
- It is completed based on skills, knowledge, understanding and behaviour that the child demonstrates consistently and independently.
- It includes how the child is developing in the prime areas, along with what Choochoos is doing to help move them on to the next stage of their learning.
- Parents/carers, other agencies/professionals and the child’s view is included.
- A copy is given to the parent/carer to keep and share with their health visitor when the child has their 2.5 year check and any other outside agencies involved.
- Sharing of the two year check is essential to ensure all agencies and parents/carers can work together to support the child’s needs.
Why is the two year check completed?
- It is completed to enable early identification of development needs, so that additional support can be organised for the individual child.
- This is to identify areas in which a child may be developing at a faster or slower pace than the expected level of progress for their age. Enabling practitioners to understand the child needs and plan activities and experiences to meet their needs within Choochoos.
- To include and work in partnership with parents/carers and outside agencies if needed.
- Ensure that parents/carers have a clear picture of their child’s development and enabling them to enhance their development at home, with the support of Choochoos.