Early Years

Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) changed considerably last term.

After an independent review by Dame Clare Tickell and the results of a national public consultation what was quite a hefty document has been streamlined down.

Previously the children in the EYFS were assessed against the ‘Profile’ which had 6 areas of learning divided into 13 sections and 117 statements, and gave an overall view of where each child was at by the end of the year before moving into Key Stage 1 and onto the National Curriculum.

The 6 areas have now changed to 7 areas – 3 Prime (Communication and Language, PSED and Physical Development) and 4 Specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

The revised EYFS Profile asks staff to assess children against a new set of 17 early learning goals (ELGs) related to the areas of learning. Teachers use their professional judgement to decide whether children have met each ELG or whether their level of attainment is above or below the level described by the ELGs. This results in a judgement of expected, exceeding or emerging for each child. As before though the assessment of each child is an ongoing process and requires the children being given opportunities to show their skills and interests and therefore child initiated activities are as vital to the process as they ever were. Parental contributions are also essential and so we continue to value and need your support.

Further information on the changing nature of the EYFS can be found at: