Baseline & Progress
We recognise that each child is individual and, therefore, in EYFS specifically, a baseline assessment is carried out to determine what skills and knowledge each child brings to school upon entry. This allows our teachers to then plan for next steps in learning based on starting points to ensure each child experiences an appropriate curriculum. Each child is then continually assessed and their learning and developmental successes tracked and monitored. The baseline is then formally followed up at the end of the EYFS year to measure how much progress each child has made in their early learning.
Teachers assess children every day during their learning. They use the framework of Development Matters which supports them in tracking development across seven key areas of learning and development at an age appropriate level for EYFS. The final assessment of these seven areas is done in June using the standards for the Early Years Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals (ELGs).
For further information on Development matters: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf
For further information on the EYFS Early Leaning Goals: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/790580/EYFSP_Handbook_2019.pdf