The arrangements for assessing children’s progress in the nursery are an intrinsic part of our obligations under the EYFS framework: through good observation, accurate assessment judgements can be made about children’s needs and their stage of development
Assessment and Planning are inextricably linked and assessment plays an important part in helping both practitioners and parents to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan activities and support. Well-planned child initiated learning enables children to practise and refine taught skills and to further develop their understanding of new knowledge or concepts. We aim to close quickly any gaps in children’s learning and development through effective discussion during the staff's weekly planning meetings, termly progress meetings and regular moderation activity.
Ongoing assessment (known as formative assessment) is an integral part of the learning and development process and we are looking to understand not only the children’s achievements but also their particular interests and preferred learning styles. Our assessment information will usually be gathered from observation of children during their independent learning time but we also take opportunities to learn from parents about what the child does at home. We analyse the observations to decide what they tell us about a particular child and where he or she is in their learning journey. We use the information to plan ‘what next’ for the children and to shape learning experiences for each child reflecting our observations.
Much of what we learn is shared with parents through your child’s online learning journal.
The key person will document your child’s progress as she or he progresses throughout the Nursery School through an online learning journal called ‘Tapestry’. At the beginning of your child’s time at Nursery, you will be sent an email link to activate your online journal which will give you access to your child’s observations, alongside the opportunity to comment on each entry and watch some videos of your child’s learning. We value any additions to Tapestry of any exciting activities and adventures you might get up to at home, for example days out, special events or new milestones.
Each term, you will be invited to meet with the key person or the one of the qualified teachers to discuss progress and share strategies for supporting your child’s learning.
You can access Tapestry through the App or by clicking on the logo below.