EYFS: progress and assessment

Learn about the statutory assessment requirements under the EYFS framework, and how to assess effectively and fairly. Understand how to monitor progress in the early years with minimal paperwork using these strategies and our downloadable templates, and get clued up on what Ofsted is looking for.

Last reviewed on 31 May 2023
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  1. Understand the 3 statutory assessment requirements in the EYFS
  2. Make sure assessment is inclusive
  3. Talk to other adults for a holistic assessment of children's level of development
  4. Benchmark judgements internally and externally

Understand the 3 statutory assessment requirements in the EYFS

Progress check at age 2 You must give parents and carers a short written summary of their child’s development when they're aged between 2 and 3.  This must include a summary of the child’s development in the prime areas:  Communication and language Physical development Personal, social and emotional development You must identify the child’s strengths, and any areas where their progress is less than expected. It’s up to you to decide what else is included in the written summary based on the development level and needs of the child - but it must highlight: Areas in which the child is progressing well Areas in which some additional support might be needed Any significant emerging concerns, or a developmental delay that may indicate a special educational need or disability (SEND) - in which case you should develop a