At Dovecote Nursery we record progress by referring to the Development Matters statements from the EYFS. These statements form a developmental guide to the range of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children may acquire throughout the EYFS. They are a guide and will be treated as such: children will not necessarily progress sequentially through the stages or achieve every single Development Matters statement. Neither are they an exhaustive list of what children achieve and learn in the first five years of life.
They will not be used as a tick list or counted numerically to give a child a score.
In making appropriate assessments, an understanding of child development is fundamental. It is one of the 16 EYFS commitments and all teachers working with children in Dovecote Nursery have good knowledge of development for the whole phase as well as information in the EYFS pack. Training on child development is available from the Dovecote Nursery Director and the family of EKI schools and nurseries.
Children will be observed:
- On a regular basis – we will observe each child daily and make daily records of their progress.
- In a variety of contexts – outside, inside, in all areas of the setting, in child-initiated play, in adult-guided activities, alone, in groups etc.
- as an on-going element of everyday practice, be observing all children, each week, noting down the significant achievements of children and other key information.
- be making at least one longer narrative observation of each child every half term when the child is a ‘focus child’.
- regularly talk with parents and carers about children’s interests, needs and achievements, and will meet with them for a formal review every six weeks.
- regularly engage children in conversations about their interests and learning gather other annotated, dated evidence, such as photos of children engaged in play and learning, video or audio material, samples of children’s drawings, writing, paintings etc.
- regularly talk with other practitioners and professionals who are involved with the child.
A full written report will be provided at the end of the Summer term for all children.