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Early Years Foundation Stage – Assessment at the end of the EYFS

CMS Vocational Training Hadyn Luke posted this on Tuesday 20th of August 2019 Hadyn Luke 20/08/2019

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Early Years Foundation Stage – Assessment at the end of the EYFS

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) came into operation on 3 April 2017. It sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the age of five, providing guidelines for those who deliver the care. This includes childminders, teachers and anyone else who offers Early Years learning.

In our blog series on the EYFS, we have so far covered: How to assess progress, Progress check at age two, Stages of learning and development and The specific areas.

Today’s blog looks at the final assessment at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage: the EYFS Profile.

When is the final assessment carried out?

The EYFS Profile should be completed before 30 June in the last term of the year when the child turns five.

Why is the Profile required?

This is to give those responsible for the child’s continuing care and education the following information:

  • An overall picture of the child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities
  • Their progress against expected levels
  • An idea of how ready the child is to enter Year 1

Who contributes to the child’s EYFS Profile?

The information in the Profile comes from existing observations, discussions and records made by parents, carers, teachers, health visitors and any other relevant specialists who have been involved in the child’s education and care to date.

What is being assessed?

The Profile will show how the child has developed within the framework of the Early Learning Goals – whether they are meeting, exceeding or below expected levels.

For children with special educational needs or disabilities, the assessment process should be adjusted as appropriate, with specialist help sought to create the Profile, if required. This will ensure that any additional support required is identified and the details passed on to the relevant local authority.

What if a child moves schools or attends more than one school?

If a child moves from one school to another during this final year, the Profile should be created by the new school but teachers at the previous school should send over an assessment of the child’s progress as measured against the Early Learning Goals.

If a child attends more than one school, the Profile should be created by the school where the child spends most of their time.

What happens to the Profile?

A copy of the report must be given to the child’s Year 1 teacher(s) to facilitate a dialogue between them and the child’s Reception teacher(s). This will help the new teachers to plan activities suitable to the child’s level of skills and abilities.

Parents/carers should be given the opportunity to discuss the Profile with the teacher who created it.

What is the role of the local authority in the process?

The local authority must be provided with EYFS Profiles on request and providers should allow entry to their school or other premises to view the completion of the Profile and take copies of documents that relate to it.

If the local authority asks for moderation activities or for any specific information relating to the Profile, the provider must comply with these requests.

Data provided to local authorities must be returned to the relevant Government department.