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Articles and guides to all aspects of the Observation, Assessment & Planning strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

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A Unique Child: Child Development - All in the mindset

The work of Carol Dweck tells us that encouraging a particular way of thinking - that talent and intelligence are not 'fixed' - can make all the difference to how children learn. Jan Dubiel explains.

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Learning & Development: Assessment - Measuring up

Ferre Laevers' Process-Oriented Monitoring System builds on his 'well-being' and 'involvement' scales to create a highly sensitive form of assessment. Jan Dubiel takes a look at how...

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Learning & Development: Accountability - Measuring up

It is only right that early years educators are accountable, but how do you measure performance and learning? Jan Dubiel explains how one project is helping practitioners to assess...

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Learning & Development: World cup - Goal!

An early years sports coach reveals how he has used the World Cup to improve planning for physical development. Lala Manners reports.

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Learning & Development: Physical Development - Winning out?

What impact do male practitioners have on the design and delivery of Physical Development? Dr Lala Manners shares the findings from a series of interviews with early years practitioners....

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Learning & Development: Assessment - Right on

Whatever new criteria are given to us, assessment remains an essential expression of our values as practitioners and defines how we support children as learners, argues Jan Dubiel...

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Learning & Development: ICT - Joining up the dots

ICT can help to gather rounded evidence of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and improve practice, says Adrian Hickman.

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Learning & Development: Progress Check at Two: Part 5 - Small steps

In this case study, Sue Chambers focuses on assessing physical development for the Progress Check at Age Two, and deals with difficult conversations that may form part of some evaluations....


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