Starting points & next steps
Children learn and develop differently, therefore every child is supported individually to help them to progress to the next stage of their learning and development. It is Choochoos role to help provide the opportunities and experiences for children to progress and become confident learners ready for school. To support each child individually Choochoos create starting points/next steps for each child.
What are starting points?
- A starting point is identified as a child’s next stage of learning/development.
- Starting points are created for a child during the home visit with the child’s keyperson/buddy.
- We use the EYFS, 2017, Development Matters as a guide when creating starting points.
- Each child will usually have 7 starting points, one each focused on the main areas of learning (Prime areas of learning, Personal social and emotional development, Physical Development, Communication and language. Specific Areas, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive art and design).
- During the home visit with parents/carers the key person will discuss each area of learning to decide how your child is developing, where they are developmentally and how we can support them to the next stage of their development.
- A starting point and next step allows us to see progress children are making.
- It enables us to see if children need any additional support and if they are developing at a slower or faster pace.
- Parents/carers are given a copy and these are documented on the child’s online learning journey (eyLog) for parents/carers and practitioners to see and refer to.
- Observations that are completed, written and photographic are linked to starting points, used as evidence to show next steps/starting points have been achieved.
- Starting points are linked into our daily planned activities/experiences to ensure all children’s individual development is being supported.
- Starting points are reviewed after a term of the child attending Choochoos, but also before if needed.
- Starting points are shared with outside agencies if involved and other provisions if they attend, each term with parents/carers permission.
- If a child has attended a previous child care provision before coming to Choochoos we ask for permission from parents/carers to gather information from the previous provider to help us ensure we have meaningful starting points.
What are next steps?
- Once we have reviewed a child’s starting points, next steps would begin, starting points would now be called next steps.
- Next steps are the next stage of learning/development for a child.
- These are created by key person and parent/carer, again 7 next steps are in place, one for each area of learning. Knowledge of the child, observations and assessment allow us to decide on these. We use the EYFS, 2017, Development Matters as a guide when creating next steps.
- Each term next steps are reviewed during parent/carer meetings at Choochoos with the child’s key person.
- Key person and parents/carers evaluate the child’s current next steps and then create new next steps for the child.
- These allow us to see progress a child is making.
- It enables us to see if they need any additional support if they are developing at a slower or faster pace.
- Parents/carers are given a copy and these are documented on the child’s online learning journey (eyLog) for parents/carers and practitioners to see.
- Observations that are completed, written and photographic are linked to next steps, used as evidence to show they have been achieved.
- Next steps are linked into our daily planned activities to ensure all children’s individual development is being supported.
- These are shared with outside agencies if involved and other provisions if they attend, each term with parents/carers permission.
For more information on children’s development stages and guidance, refer to sections, ‘Development matters. Learning & development, prime & specific areas’.