Observation, Assessment and Planning

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

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 1

Part 1 of a monthly pull-out series to guide you through best practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage: Introduction

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 2: Enabling environments

Practitioners must create a supportive environment in which to observe, assess and plan for children to be successful, says Helen Bromley.

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 3: Planning

Approaches to planning need to be reconsidered, especially in the light of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted inspections, says Helen Bromley.

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 4: Planning for achievement

Practitioners must create a supportive environment in which to plan for children to become confident and capable learners, says Helen Bromley.

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 5: Observation

To truly promote learning, practitioners need not only to observe children at play, but to understand what they are seeing and use it to extend opportunities, says...

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 6: Listening to children

Observation and assessment is not just about watching young children from a distance, but requires listening closely to their talk and reflecting on what it means,...

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 7: Record-keeping

Early years practitioners need to beware of assessment and record-keeping methods that are convenient to them but detrimental to children's learning, says Helen...

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Observation, Assessment and Planning in the EYFS: Part 8: Reporting and describing progress

Sharing observations on children's achievements with both parents and the children themselves is a delicate process for thoughtful practitioners, says Helen Bromley....