EYFS Assessment

Assessment in EYFS

In EYFS, assessments are made continually and recorded through the learning journey of each child. Assessments may be in the form of observations, annotated photographs or independently completed pieces of work. They may also include observations made at home.

Baseline and EYFS Assessment

During the first few weeks of the Reception Year all children will be assessed using a baseline assessment. The results are used to inform planning, set targets and aid early identification of any potential Special Educational Need.

Children in EYFS will be assessed against age specific criteria from the Development Matters document. Children are assessed in the following areas:

The Prime Areas of Learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas of Learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In Reception there are 17 ELG (Early Learning Goals) descriptors which describe the three characteristics of effective learning. At the end of The Early Years Foundation Stage, for each ELG, teachers must judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the reception year (Expected), exceeding this level (Exceeding) or not yet reaching this level (Emerging).

At the end of the reception year EYFS Profile data is submitted to the Local Authority and to the DfE. It will also be communicated to parents via the end of year report.