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The EYFS progress check at age two

The learning and development requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) state that:

'When a child is aged between two and three, practitioners must review their progress, and provide parents and/or carers with a short written summary of their child's development in the prime areas. This progress check must identify the child's strengths, and any areas where the child's progress is less than expected' (Section 2.3, 2014).

Aims of the EYFS progress check at age two:

  • review a child's development progress in the three prime areas
  • ensure that parents have a clear picture of their child's development
  • enable practitioners and parents to understand the child's needs and plan activities to meet them
  • note areas where a child is progressing well and identify any areas where progress is less than expected
  • describe actions the setting intends to take to address any developmental concerns (including working with other professionals where appropriate).

The check should be completed by the setting that the child spends the most time in. It is a statutory requirement for the provider to share the progress check with the parent/s. There is an expectation that the parents will share it with the health visitor, ideally to coincide with the Healthy Child Programme two-year-review.

Completing the EYFS progress check at age two
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There is no prescribed format for the EYFS progress check at age two summary. Each setting can decide on its own progress check format, but as a minimum it must include a short written summary of the child's development in the prime areas; the summary must identify the child's strengths and areas for improvement.

For more information and some suggested formats, please refer to National Children's Bureau (NCB) A Know How Guide

In Kent we provide the following example:

The following documents can support completion of the EYFS progress check at age two:

Duty Health Visitor referrals
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We are currently working together with our health partners to develop stronger links and working practices. As part of the ongoing monitoring of this work we are asking settings to let the Equality and Inclusion Team know when the SENCO or Manager has made a referral to the Health Duty line. This can be completed using this DUTY Health log form

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