In the Early Years the children are not tested but are continually assessed throughout their time in
the Village, as they participate in teacher led activities or when they are observed demonstrating particular skills in their independent play. They are assessed on their progress within all 17 aspects of learning.
At the end of Nursery the children will be expected to demonstrate skills within their age related band of 30-50 months and move into the next band of 40-60 months. Assessments made will help the staff to plan appropriate activities for the children in the Early Years Village. Assessments and observations collected throughout the Early Years will then inform staff about the attainment of each individual child at
the end of Reception. If a child has achieved the ELG then they are said to be working at the ‘expected’ level. If a child is working beyond the expected level it is termed ‘exceeded’ and if a child is working towards an ELG it is termed ‘emerging’. Children will be defined as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the EYFS (end of reception) if they achieve the expected level in:
- the early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (communication and language; physical development; personal, and social and emotional development )
- the early learning goals in the specific areas of literacy and mathematics.
The staff will also report on the characteristics of learning in which a child demonstrates their approach to learning through aspects such as concentration levels, willingness to participate, curiosity and decision making skills shown. At the end of Early Years, parents will receive a report informing them of their child’s achievement in the ELG’s and the characteristics of learning.
This report will then inform your child’s Year 1 teacher so that appropriate activities can be planned in order to meet your child’s needs.