Tips & Advice

How should I enhance provision in my Early Years setting?

What is continuous provision in the early years? Provision is usually talked about in terms of Continuous Provision and Enhanced Provision.  Here’s a quick summary of the differences between the two. Continuous provision Continuous provision is made up of the resources and activities that are available to the children all the time; this also includes … Read more

EYFS Assessment

Three things to consider when assessing Communication and Language in the Early Years Assessment in the Early Years has undergone somewhat of a transformation over the past few years and excessive assessment documentation for the sake of a certain *cough cough* official bodies are no longer (though arguably never was) advised within early years settings … Read more

Managing behavioural expectations in the early years at Christmas

Tinsel, nativities and just a little too much glitter: Christmas time the early years can be the best – and worst – of times. I’m here to give you some practical support in managing behavioural expectations in the Early Years (and any other classroom!) at Christmas! If you have been in the game for a … Read more

Observations in EYFS

Observations in EYFS are a key piece of the puzzle. This is because they allow us to link up past and future learning, assess progress and learn more about children’s needs and interests. 2.1 In their interactions with children, practitioners should respond to their own day-to-day observations about children’s progress and observations that parents and … Read more

Assessment in the EYFS

What is Assessment? All assessment in the EYFS falls into two categories, formative and summative. Formative Assessment: Arguably the most important type of assessment. Often referred to as “Assessment for Learning”. This informs your teaching and enables you to ensure learning progression. Summative Assessment: An “Assessment of Learning”. This creates data, giving a snapshot measure … Read more

EYFS Baseline Assessments

So, your children have settled into new routines and are happy coming into and engaging with their new environment. You know about your children from parents, previous settings and from your interactions. What’s next? How do you know the starting point of each child’s learning journey? How will you ensure you are building on children’s … Read more