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Effective Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Effective Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Co-published with Early Excellence

February 2014 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with Early Excellence

Nursery World Awards
How we assess our youngest children is a vital part of early years practice. This book offers a clear explanation of the role of assessment in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and step-by-step guidance for those working with children from Birth to Five on making and recording observations in practice. Key elements of the book include:
  • using assessment to support learning and development
  • misunderstandings and myths about assessment
  • detailed guidance on the age two progress check
  • developing an evidence-based understanding of assessment
  • what constitutes effective assessment in early years settings
  • case studies and practical examples to illustrate key points.

Online material on the Early Excellence website for use with the book includes:

  • video material
  • free access to selected SAGE journal articles
  • an 'ask the author' facility.

Jan Dubiel is National Development Co-ordinator for Early Excellence; he has extensive experience as a practitioner and national adviser.

Introduction: Reclaiming Assessment
Why Is Assessment Important?
What Are the Purposes of Assessment?
Significances and Signifiers of Child Development
The Intuitive Professional
Establishing Eight Principles for Effective Early Years Assessment
Assessment in Practice
Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The Two-Year-Old Progress Check
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

The book has a strong appeal to practitioners who strive for a clear and secure professional stance. Readers are invited to think about the potential of assessment, the role that (changing) values play in all of this and how to do children justice.

Ulrike Hohmann, Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University
Early Years, An International Research Journal

This is a fabulously reassuring book that effectively challenges misconceptions about assessment and clearly states what assessment is, and what it should look like in practice… Dubiel writes with clarity, experience and deep understanding, vast knowledge and empathy, but above all, good old common sense! In addition, purchasers can access online material from the Early Excellence website that complements the book, including video material, free access to selected SAGE journal articles, and an ‘ask the author’ facility.       

Martine Horvath
Early Years Educator

An essential text which will be beneficial to students getting to grips with the nature of assessment in the Early Years.

June 12, 2015

The book will be added to the recommended reading list for Foundation Degree in Early Years students in relation to Module 3 The Developing Child

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
June 10, 2015

At a time when assessment in EYFS is going through a period of change, this book provides definitions, examples, reflective tasks and practical help for practitioners who really want to understand what assessment in early years is about and ensure that their observations are used effectively.

Mrs Heather Elliott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
May 13, 2015

A recommended text to students to support their understanding of effective assessment. Useful reflective tasks at the end of each chapter too.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Early Years, Stourbridge College
April 29, 2015

The book is up to date and covers issues with assessment faced by the early years sector. It is easy to read and digest, would highly recommend

Mrs Nyree Nicholson
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
February 24, 2015

A really useful contribution for students reviewing assessment practice in the early years

Dr Ros Garrick
Ctr for Education & Inclusion Research, Sheffield Hallam University
September 1, 2014

This is a useful and engaging supplemental text for social work students who need to further their understanding of the assessment of children's development.

Ms Donna Peach
Department of Social Work, Salford University
June 24, 2014

Good for both the Early Years Practitioner and those wishing to understand more about assessment in the Foundation Stage. Full of useful practical strategies for those working with young children.

Mrs Gabrielle Morley
Primary Education, East Lancashire Institute of HE at Blackburn
June 16, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Sample Chapter - Ch 1: Reclaiming Assessment

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Jan Dubiel

Jan Dubiel is the National Development Manager at Early Excellence and works as part of the team to support early years practitioners and settings in all aspects of practice and provision. Having trained as an Early Years specialist, Jan worked as a Nursery, Reception and Year 1 teacher in schools across the country, leading teams as an Early Years Co-ordinator. Following roles as an Early Years Consultant and Senior Adviser, he was appointed by then then Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to lead on the management of the (Early Years) Foundation Stage Profile, and had national responsibility for its implementation and... More About Author

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