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Key workers assess children’s learning and development against the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and work closely with parents and carers, starting with a home visit around the time that children start attending. 

During the first half-term key workers use their observations and knowledge of the children to complete a “two-year-old progress check”.  This covers the “prime areas of learning”, Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Language and Communication and  Physical Development.  This assessment is shared with parents and carers, who are invited to contribute their knowledge of their child, and is used to plan future learning opportunities, including any additional needs. Parents are encouraged to share their Health Visitor 2-year-old check at the same time.

Children’s progress is checked every term, using the milestones in the Early Excellence assessment tracker, and the “Development matters” framework. Key workers also assess how children are developing Characteristics of Effective Learning, and how they can be supported in becoming confident independent learners.

Key Workers complete “Learning Stories” which celebrate examples of significant learning. These are available for parents and carers to take home, and for children to share with their friends and key workers.

In the last term before children move to Primary schools key workers make the final assessment and complete a transition profile, which is shared with parents and carers before being passed to their new school.

All the assessment information is analysed to identify the 5 of children who were at “Age-related expectations.”

In July 2017 this showed the following:

Prime Areas of learning:

Personal, Social and emotional Development:

Making Relationships: 87%

Self-confidence and self-awareness: 88%

Managing feelings and behaviour: 88%

Language and communication:

Listening and attention:87%

Understanding: 90%

Speaking: 87%

Physical Development:

Moving and handling: 90%

Health and Self-care: 90%

Specific areas of learning:



Writing: 89%


Number: 87%

Shape, space and measures: 83%

Understanding the world:

People and Communities: 87%

The World: 90%

Technology: 90%

Expressive Arts and Design:

Exploring and Using materials and media 88%

Being Imaginative: 88%



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