Assessing Children’s Learning and Development

All staff will get to know your children well and observe and support their care, learning and development. Each child also has one of two ‘special people’ known as ‘Key Persons’. The key person will be working with your child on a regular basis, keeping track of their progress, sometimes making a written observation of their achievements, keeping a photographic record or summary report of the children’s progress towards national early learning goals. This record is known as your child’s Learning Journey.

A national set of typical age related outcomes, are used to support staff as they look, listen, note and decide the next steps in a child’s learning. This can be found here.

Parents are encouraged to share their child’s achievements at home and welcome to look at their child’s Learning Journey at any time.

Staff are able to carry out a 2 year old progress check and a progress summary is completed at least twice a year for each child.

Additional Needs

If it seems that any child is making less progress than would typically be expected, or may have some additional needs, the key person will talk to the parents and agree any specific targets and support strategies to be put in place. If as a parent, you have any concerns about your child, please speak the setting manager.  Each setting also has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who can offer support and advise for any specific needs. Our Inclusion Policy provides details of how, with your consent, we work with other professionals to assess and support any child with additional needs. Children with additional needs and disabilities are welcome.