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The new baseline assessment programme is being trialled by schools from September. Charlotte Goddard examines what it involves and the concerns surrounding it

Bristol-based setting The Nursery has won praise for its approach to planning to best challenge children and taking into account their next steps. By Hannah Crown

In the first of a series presenting models of best practice for inspection, we look at monitoring and evaluation processes at Poppy and Jack’s. By Hannah Crown

How should practitioners best be observing children, assessing progress and letting this knowledge inform their planning, asks Charlotte Goddard

Following her article last month on monitoring and evaluation systems, Pennie Akehurst looks at how to develop a new system of self-evaluation

While many are calling for EYFS guidance to be updated, others believe now is not the right time to do so. Annette Rawstrone unpicks the arguments from sector experts

Action research might sound like the last thing that time-pressed practitioners will want to do, but it is a really useful tool to demonstrate the improving quality of your practice, finds Dr Kay Mathieson

Arguing that much of current assessment misses the point of the early years, Dr Julian Grenier sets out the key aims of the Celebrating Children’s Learning project and how it can improve practice

Meeting the emotional and learning needs of the unique child

How a network in a deprived area of London is helping to raise standards. By Dr Julian Grenier