The Early Years Foundation Stage

The early year's foundation stage sets the standard that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop and are kept healthy and safe.

It promotes teaching + learning to ensure children’s school readiness and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

At Toybox we observe children as they get act and interact in their play, everyday activities and planned activities and we as practitioners learn from the parents about what the child does at home.

We consider all observations when making assessments on individual children, to help identify where the child may be in their own development pathway.

Practitioners plan activities relating to the child's individual assessments to ensure this strengthens their learning and development.


Summative assessment

The EYFS requires early year's practitioners to review children’s progress and share a summary with parents
at two points:

• In the prime areas between the ages of 24 and 36 months
• At the end of the EYFS in the EYFS Profile.

Development Matters might be used by early years settings throughout the EYFS as a guide to making best-fit
judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead
for their age.

Summative assessment supports information sharing with parents, colleagues and other settings.
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