Early Years

EYFS Assessment

EYFS Assessment

Assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice. It plays a vital role in ensuring parents, carers and practitioners recognise children’s levels of development and progress over time. Through ongoing assessment, practitioners will grow to understand children’s levels of achievement, interests and learning styles. They will then be able to plan relevant and appropriate learning experiences for each child.

Useful Resources
EYFS Assessment Guidance for Settings includes sections on gathering initial information for individual children, recording assessment information and transition to schools.
EYFS Assessment Guidance for Schools  includes sections on attainment on entry,
demonstrating and monitoring progress and analysing assessment information.
• A flowchart  to support leaders in using data effectively. This was first published in the National Strategies Progress Matters guidance.
Observation in the Early Years  guidance offers practitioners additional information about the importance of effective observations.

Assessment Tools
The links below aim to support practitioners to use assessment information to record children’s starting points and track their progress across the EYFS.

Tracking Progress in the EYFS
Word proformas and Excel documents linked to the EYFS are provided below as examples for you to personalise and use to record assessments and track a child’s progress.

EYFS Development Record 
EYFS Development Record includes emerging, developing, secure judgements and age bands 
EYFS Development Record Excel Version
EYFS Development Record (completed example for a child with SEND)

Progress Summary Matrix for Reception children
The progress summary matrix tool has been developed to track children’s progress between their initial starting points in reception and their EYFS Profile results at the end of the reception year.
Progress Summary Matrix for Reception 
Progress Summary Matrix for Reception – example of a completed ELG


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