Observation, Assessment and Planning
EYFS Statutory Assessment
The Early Years Profile is to remain statutory for the time being. However, following the decision to abandon on-entry assessment of children entering reception classes last year there has now been a consultation: Primary Assessment in England which invited views about the perceived need for a form of baseline assessment. And, not unexpectedly this was endorsed so, it is now in the offing. Meanwhile the government is to review its approach to early assessment of young children, focusing on PSED, PD and C&L together with mathematics and literacy – possibly abandoning assessment of EAD and UW – as predicted in the last chapter of Facilitating Learning in the EYFS (2014).
Partnership with Parents
We know that when parents and practitioners in the early years work together what a direct impact it has on children’s development and learning. Both partners have much to learn from one another and a great deal to share with each other. Working together to really understand and meet a child’s individual needs begins with valuing and respecting the different roles that each partner plays. It is a process that involves sharing information and skills and building relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Open two-way communication is vital to make sure that knowledge and expertise is shared between partners. Central to all partnerships is the child who remains the priority.