EYFS: how to effectively monitor progress

Leave the excessive paperwork behind - instead, find out how to use your professional judgement to monitor and assess children’s progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Last reviewed on 12 April 2022
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  1. Assessment: dos and don’ts
  2. Look out for these development checkpoints
  3. Keep physical evidence to a minimum
  4. Ask parents for their views on their child’s progress
  5. Encourage teachers to step back and think ahead
  6. Report progress to the child’s year 1 teacher

Assessment: dos and don’ts

Ongoing formative assessment in the EYFS should involve:  

  • Knowing children’s level of achievement and interests 
  • Using that knowledge to shape teaching and learning experiences for each child
  • Observing children’s progress day-to-day   
  • Collecting observations from parents and carers 
  • Responding to these observations in your interactions with children
  • Using your knowledge of the child and your own expert professional judgement to comment on their progress 
  • Supporting a successful transition into Key Stage (KS)1 by informing an ongoing dialogue between practitioners and year 1 teachers about each child’s learning and development 

It shouldn’t involve: 

  • Prolonged breaks from interacting with children 
  • Excessive paperwork 
  • Needing to back up your own professional judgement with physical evidence, such as photos and written observations 

This is set out in sections 2.1 to 2.3 of the 2021 EYFS statutory framework.

When do we have to assess in the EYFS? 

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