It is highly important that children’s development is tracked across the EYFS, there is clear guidance stated in the EYFS that practitioner are to identify how children are progressing and document this for others to see. Documenting children’s progress enables parents and other professionals to recognise the child’s progress and also highlights and areas for concern.
There are different forms are assessing children’s development, a, summary of a child’s achievements at a particular point in time so that their progress can be tracked is known as summative assessment. Formative assessments consists of annotated photographs, spontaneous and planned observations, information from parents, samples of children’s experiences, all of these will build up a picture so that the practitioners can make a best fit judgement of where the child is working at in relation to the EYFS age bands.
Formative assessments enable practitioners to plan the provision and meet the needs of the children’s interests and next steps; this type of assessment is ongoing all day as practitioners are gathering evidence through observations which will then feed into the planning. Assessments such as the Progress Summaries and Tracking documents are a summative assessment that is best completed together.
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