By Sally Featherstone

Practitioners operating in the EYFS are nonetheless doubtful of precisely find out how to deal with review. This e-book will take them throughout the procedure step-by-step. It explains the terminology concerned, exhibits practitioners how one can flip 'observation' into 'assessment' and within the ultimate bankruptcy units out how you can deal with and interpret the entire info they've got accumulated. This e-book is a necessary a part of all early years bookshelves because the govt expects eighty% of the decisions on development in the direction of the Early studying ambitions to be in keeping with observations of kids in 'child-initiated' play environments.

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There is some confusion about the regulations relating to children who remain in the Private, Voluntary and Independent sector for the Reception Year, and the EYFS Profile is completed in these settings. The Assessment and Recording Arrangements 2011: Key Stage 1 (ARA) (QCDA, 2010) clarifies this, and includes a table of information as Appendix 3. Some guidance on record keeping Here are six principles for record keeping (the written information resulting from assessment by observation). They are included in EYFS guidance in England, and are followed by some points that you could discuss in your setting.

All significant participants in children’s development and learning should contribute to the information gathering. Do we include contributions from colleagues – teaching assistants, nursery nurses, nursery officers and other professionals? Do we include parents and children in recognising and celebrating achievements as partners, not just as an audience for our judgements? 6. Records should be shared with the child. Do we genuinely share both assessment and record keeping with the children, making them partners in the learning process, understanding what they do well and what they need to do next?

Advantages Observing two children at once can be a more efficient use of time. Observing one child on more than one occasion and comparing the things you find out will make your assessments more reliable. Disadvantages It is easy to get distracted watching one child and not give equal time to the other, possibly missing important elements of their learning. It’s also difficult to keep your view objective and keep your focus on a manageable number of clear criteria. Assessment tasks Assessment tasks are activities planned by the adult, and usually carried out in adult-directed situations, often in small groups.

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