In an earlier blog, we outlined the information found in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Published in March 2017, this is a mandatory framework for those providing Early Years learning and support in England, from childminder agencies to schools.
You can also access a range of related blogs on our site, covering: Learning and developing requirements, The prime areas of the Early Learning Goals, The specific areas and How to assess progress.
week we are investigating the progress check at age two.
Why carry out a progress check at age two?
framework states that: “Every child deserves the best possible start in life
and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.”
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) “sets the standards that all early years
providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept
healthy and safe”. Its aim is to help a child reach a stage of “school
readiness”, with the skills and knowledge that will support them through
education and, more generally, in life.
the age of two, children have already developed quickly and gone through experiences
that can have a significant impact on their future lives.
is the legal requirement for the progress check?
providers are legally required to review the progress of children in their care
between the age of two and three.
The practitioner must then write a short summary of how each child is developing and progressing. This should cover the prime areas, as outlined in our blog The prime areas of the Early Learning Goals, which are:
- Communication and
- Personal, social
and emotional development
aim is to establish where the child is developing well and pinpoint any aspects
of the prime areas where there is room for improvement.
it’s found that there are specific concerns, special needs or disability, the
EYFS provider should establish a targeted plan to help the child learn and
develop moving forward. This plan should include the involvement of relevant
adults, whether parents/carers or education/health professionals.
else should be included in the written summary?
providers can decide what else goes into the plan depending on each child and
their specific needs.
well as noting positive progress and areas where support is required, the plan
should convey any developmental delays. After noting these issues, the plan
should outline both activities and strategies that will be used to tackle them,
including how parents or carers can help the child continue to learn and
develop at home.
if the child has moved setting?
a child has moved – for example from a childminder to a nursery – the progress
check should be carried out wherever they have spent the most time.
should information be shared?
working between health and educational professionals is beneficial for the
children under their care. Parents or carers should be encouraged to share the
details of the progress check with professionals currently involved in caring
for their child, as well as those working in any new places their child moves
to. However, providers should seek consent from parents or carers before
sharing the information with other professionals.
information will help a child and those providing care and education. It allows
the identification of the child’s particular strengths and support that could
help the child with any developmental delays.
Following the progress check at age two, EYFS
providers will be required to carry out an EYFS Profile as the child leaves
Early Years provision at age five.