Assessment in the Early Years
Our aim must be to inspire children to become active, inquisitive and lifelong learners so that every child reaches their full potential, and none are left behind.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted Evaluation Schedule make it clear that settings must meet the needs of all children. Research shows that achievement gaps may exist between groups of children from an early age. Early Years practitioners need to establish clear starting points, monitor progress and analyse accurate data to ensure that any gaps are narrowed.
We have developed a range of products, resources and training to support this vital element of your practice. These are all available for you to view and purchase on the 'Threads of Success' website or follow the links below.
The Kent Progress Tracker (KPT)
This management tool enables leaders and managers to effectively:
- monitor the progress of individuals and groups of children, taking into account their starting points
- show attainment and progress in effective visual formats that can be shared with parents, Ofsted and other professionals
- evaluate and evidence how your setting is closing the gaps for vulnerable groups of learners, supporting all children's readiness for school
- identify areas for setting improvement and staff development.
The KPT Manual
Designed for use alongside the Kent Progress Tracker, and divided into easy-to-use sections, it will provide you with everything you need to effectively track and monitor the progress of all your children.
The Kent Progress Tracker now comes complete with the manual and is available to purchase. Please see The Education People website for costings for Kent settings and for settings outside Kent.
The KPT Intervention Tool
Designed to measure impact and progress; and allows the comparison of up to four interventions or funding streams.
The Intervention Tool can help you to:
- analyse and compare the progress of children receiving a particular intervention
- plan appropriate interventions with regard to individual needs to promote improved outcomes and support school readiness
- filter progress information about vulnerable individuals and groups of children
- demonstrate the impact of a particular intervention and justify the use of additional funding allocated for individual children.
My Unique Progress and Transition
- assist practitioners in recording summative assessments for children, which we suggest are completed three times a year, alongside parents and carers, as part of the settings' ongoing observation, assessment and planning cycle
- support with any transitions children may make within the Early Years, including the transition to their Reception class, providing essential information on children's learning, development and progress
- organise ongoing assessment information to feed into the Kent Progress Tracker.
There are two versions available on The Education People website:
- Colour PDF version which can be printed off and completed by hand
- Word version which can be downloaded and completed electronically.
Further information on transitions can be found in 'Transition Matters' document available on The Education People website
This page has information and resources to support with completion of this statutory assessment.
For further information visit our Observation, Assessment and Planning page.