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