Early Years Foundation Stage Assessment
Early Years Foundation Stage Assessment
The 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. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile 2014
The 2014 Early years foundation stage (EYFS) handbook is now available on the DfE website Foundation Years
It contains important information for local authorities, headteachers and all early years professionals about assessing children's attainment.
It includes information about how and why EYFS assessments should be carried out and guidance on how to complete an EYFS Profile; recording children's attainment; and making accurate and reliable judgements about EYFS attainment.
The handbook should be used alongside the exemplification materials and the EYFS 'Assessment and reporting arrangements' (ARA). The ARA will be published later in the autumn term
The exemplification materials have also been revised for the new academic year: Foundation Years
The EYFS Profile 2012-2013
Please see EYFS Profile 2013.
Tracking progress during the EYFS
We have now updated the Summative Development Record pack that can be used throughout a child's time in the EYFS to indicate progress in relation to Development Matters ages and stages. This pack consists of several documents including the Transition Record for use in Summer 2014 for children who will be starting school in September 2014. Please note: The Transition Record cannot be modified and must be used by all Gloucestershire settings in receipt of funding.
You will be aware that within the revised EYFS there is a statutory requirement to record two summative judgements:
- between the ages of 24 and 36 months (the 2 year old check)
- at the end of the Reception Year (the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile)
There is no specified requirement relating to the frequency of summative judgements other than the 2 year old check and the EYFSP at the end of the Reception year. However the materials in this pack have been developed to support those of you who would like to record a summative judgement more frequently. The summative record (excluding the transition record) materials provide an optional format that can be used at planned intervals within a child's time in the setting. We would recommend this as good practice.
Best Fit Judgements
Observational assessment remains at the heart of the EYFS but a significant difference from September 2012 has been the focus on practitioners making 'best fit' judgements when assessing children. This means that in pre-school it is not necessary to highlight the Development Matters statements for each child. Instead the practitioner will read them, reflect on their knowledge of the child and then make a professional judgement about which age and stage best describes the child (best fit). This judgement could be recorded on the Summative Development Record in this pack. The Development Matters statements are included for reference purposes only in an appendix at the end of the pack.
In school the same process applies and then at the end of the year a 'best fit' judgement is made about the ELGs in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
It is not necessary to print off the whole pack for every child, instead you should print off only the sections that you wish to use. Alternatively you could complete the section you wish to use electronically and print it only if you need to share it with someone. One copy of the Development Matters is useful for each member of staff if they don't already have the document but it is not necessary to have a copy for each child as it does not need to be highlighted.
Following on from the very successful Autumn Term Best Practice meetings additional opportunities will be offered in the he Spring Term for those who were unable to book a place. The training will be advertised in the Early Childhood Team Training Directory Training opportunities. Don't forget to check the latest edition for all courses. Just a reminder, bookings for places on training courses can only be processed by completing and returning a booking form. Unfortunately, we cannot take bookings over the phone.
If you have any questions about the new EYFS Profile and its assessment or moderation, email email@example.com.
All of the Profile materials can be found on the Foundation Years website: www.foundationyears.org.uk.
The new Good Level of Development (GLD) measure
Following trials of the new Early Years Foundation Stage Profile - end of Reception Year - assessment over the summer, the Government has now set out how the new Good Level of Development (GLD) measure will be defined. From 2013, children will be defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they achieve at least the expected level in:
- the early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language) and;
- the early learning goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.
The GLD measure will be supported by a measure of the average of the cohort's total point score across all the early learning goals in order to also help to promote the attainment of all children across all the early learning goals. Further information can be found on the Early Years foundation Stage (EYFS) Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) page.
Additional Gloucestershire clarification about the 'Good Level of Development'
The levels attained by children at the end of the EYFS will be allocated a number as follows:
- Emerging 1
- Expected 2
- Exceeding 3
So for each of the 17 Early Learning Goals a child will be recorded as achieving a 1, 2 or 3. Consequently it will be possible to give children an overall 'score'. Once data is submitted to the DfE the average score of the whole national cohort will give the secondary measure of a 'Good Level of Development' that is referred to.
It will therefore be possible to compare your schools cohort average with the national cohort average, and also presumably a child's average score compared to your cohorts average and the national average
The national average cohort score will not be available until after the first round of data is collected - unless they make available an average from the Pilot study.