Our Approach to Learning, Development and Assessment

Our aim is to develop and implement effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children in our care.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think.  Our setting uses the EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE GUIDANCE to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the seven AREAS OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT.

In some activities, children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping children to take part.  In all activities, information from the guidance has been used to decide what equipment and how to provide it…….

ASSESSMENT – Practical assessments are primarily based on observations during children’s daily activities and events at pre-school.  We use observations, as well as photographs, to document their progress (using a programme 2simple2build) and assess at the end of each term.  We believe that parents know their children best and we ask you to contribute by sharing information about your child.

The EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE requires us to supply parents with a short written summary of child’s development in The Three Prime Areas:  Communication & Language; Personal Social & Emotional; Physical when s/he is aged between 24-36 months.  We do this assessment as the child reaches 36mths.  The Key Person is responsible for completing the check taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals (if involved).     TRANSITION We prepare reports of your child’s Summary of Development when s/he  leaves this setting.  This enables you to pass the information onto your  child’s next setting or school so they can use this to make their  INITIAL ASSESSMENT and move forward with your child’s development.

THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION FRAMEWORK (EYFS)  – The EYFS was revised in 2014.  It is made up of Seven Areas of Development which are:

PRIME AREAS:  Communication & Language;   Personal, Social & Emotional, Physical Development

SPECIFIC AREAS:  Literacy;  Mathematics;  Understanding of the World;  Expressive Arts and Design.


We base our LONG TERM PLAN on the EYFS and follow the EARLY YEARS OUTCOMES which is a non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors to help inform understanding of child development through the Early Years (Department of Education).  For more information visit  www.ofsted.gov.uk