Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Each child’s development is unique and special
That is why we create an individual online journal folder for each child in our school. Your child will be observed regularly by the Early Years Team who will make notes when they observe any new achievements and developments your child has made, this could be something your child has done, said or created. We will often take photographs as evidence too. After so much positive feedback from our parents questionnaires and being aware that many of our parents are busy working, we decided to create individual ‘online learning journeys’ in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, for your child through a piece of educational software called ‘Tapestry’. By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to view all of your children’s observations, photographs and even video to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time in EYFS. You will even receive an email telling you when a new observation or piece of work is available for you to view. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely and you can reflect upon their achievements with your child.
You can add comments so that we as a staff find out about which activities your child really enjoyed. You can also add your own photographs and comments about the learning they get up to at home, which we will look forward to reading about and as you are your child’s most important educators we value your contributions to your child’s learning journey. Staff will reference your child’s learning to the Early Years Outcomes so you will know which area of learning your child is achieving in and the age-band they were working in for that activity. We know how much you like to see your child coming home from Nursery proudly clutching their most recent piece of artwork. Therefore we will photograph the pieces of work we need to keep as evidence and then it will come home with your child.
Your child will be nominated a Key Person when they start our Nursery or daycare . Using the developmental steps your child’s Key Person will note all your child’s achievements in each of the areas of learning and make suggestions for the next steps for your child. This informs our planning to ensure every child’s needs and interests are met.