Foundation Years is the Current Doc for the goals set for us ensure children are developing in all areas. This is just a guide and I find lots of things that are not in the ‘assessments’ so I slot their development and achievements in somewhere.
Here is a guide by 4Children which lays out what development to expect when.
We are always excited as we see our children developing and moving on through recognised steps of development. It is exciting and give us a sense of pride and relief (At TBCC we call them high five moments or often people in childcare call them wow moments). This is not a list that children fit into and move up as if on a ladder, though generally children develop within these bands, it is not all at the same pace. Often a child will move forward in one skill and development area while another one is put on the back burner, so to speak. So where they seem behind in one area I ensure this is not an issue I worry about. We have enough resources that the child will begin to develop in that area when they are ready. Often encouraged by the other children who are moving forward in different areas. They learn amazingly from each other. By doing this I ensure that their natural development and skill level is fully reached encouraging and ensuring we provide as much as we can for them using games, activities and conversation, outings etc.
The EYFS profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It gives:
- the child’s attainment in relation to the 17 ELG descriptors
- a short narrative describing the child’s 3 characteristics of effective learning
Practitioners’ assessments are primarily based on observing a child’s daily activities and events. In particular practitioners should note the learning which a child demonstrates spontaneously, independently and consistently in a range of contexts.
Accurate assessment takes into account a range of perspectives. This should include those of the child, parents and other adults who have significant interactions with the child.
This doc is really fun and useful http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/foundation_stage/learning_through_play_ey.pdf
PSED Personal, Social, Emotional Development
CL Communication and Language
PD Physical Development
UW Understanding the World
EAD Expressive Arts and Design
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