Assessment throughout Early Years is conducted through observations. The staff make systematic observations of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. These are then used to identify learning priorities and plan the next stages in the learning experiences for the child.
Some observations that are considered “Wow Moments” – new learning, a new skill, something the child is really proud of – are shared via the child’s online learning journey, which parents can engage and interact with.
All parents are invited to two Parent’s evenings which occur in the Autumn and Spring terms. This is an opportunity to share children’s progress across all seven areas of learning in the Early Years curriculum and to discuss how to move their learning forward. Parents will also receive an annual report at the end of each year that offers brief comments on each child’s progress in each area of learning, highlighting the child’s strengths and areas for development.
Parents receive an annual report that offers brief comments on each child’s progress in each area of learning. It highlights the child’s strengths and development needs and gives details of the child’s general progress. We complete these in June and send them to parents in early July each year.
During the children’s first half-term in Reception class, the teacher must conduct the DfE Reception Baseline. This is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. For more information, please read this leaflet - Information for parents: reception baseline assessment (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Teachers will then use this assessment, alongside a three week transition period of getting to know the children and conducting observations, to inform their learning priorities and know how best to support the every individual child.
Noticing Special Education Needs
We have a full Equality and Diversity Policy and Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy which all staff strongly believe in. We will do our very best to admit any child whose parents/carers wish them to attend the Pre-school. Staff are willing to undertake the necessary training if possible and are happy to work with other agencies to support any child and their family.
Please speak to a member of staff or if you prefer to the Academy Inclusion Manager, Louise Champion, to discuss any individual needs, and we will do all we can to accommodate you.