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you can get everything right for EVERY child for their best start in life.

As early years people, we help you to get learning and development right, so as a parent, practitioner, or business owner you can get everything right for EVERY child for their best start in life.
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Spark EYFS software

Evaluating EYFS Practice

Spark EYFS software

Evaluating EYFS Practice

Evaluating EYFS practice is often defined as assessing the ‘Quality of Teaching’. It is about analysing learning and how it is delivered. In an operating setting, this starts with checks to ascertain where each child is ‘at’ (has reached) with their learning and development. The level of emotional care and the quality of the environment offered are often also considered. This ‘Quality of Teaching’ is a focus of Ofsted scrutiny and underpins their ratings.

If regularly used, one of the benefits of a ‘digital learning journey’ is that data is always accurate. Having our own nurseries, we appreciate the importance of having clear and easy to read graphs and charts. Further tweaking to make essential information appropriate for the purpose, shouldn’t be necessary, in our view. If you can’t access and/interpret things quickly and easily what’s the point? After all, other benefits, surely, are to be able to save time and reserve energy. Time to use to appreciate success and to consider how to further improve.

For evaluating EYFS practice effectively, the generation of automatic documents is indispensable. These can track the progress of individuals (and groups of children) with their EYFS achievement. Look for integration with the guidance that you plan to use and how easy it will be to hang your own pedagogy on the system chosen.

Recording observations and having automated links provides an efficient system. It is, however, the actual evaluation of the data that can be neglected if it isn’t totally transparent and clear.

Allow your senior staff to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing their EYFS delivery is covered, giving them the freedom to focus on the daily, and future scenarios improving standards and efficiency. It is important that time, whatever the system, is allocated for regular evaluation.

This can be very reassuring, and the process also lends itself to showcase children’s outcomes to Ofsted and Local Authorities. Awareness of these strengths and weaknesses is positive and good practice. This better understanding of the data also increases confidence in these professional discussions. The additional advantage in this regard is to enable and improve the ability to challenge the viewpoint of regulators.

Any system that you choose should be designed to elevate the early educator’s knowledge of their key children and provide them with sufficient information to meet each child’s learning and development needs.

Also, the best educators that work with the children are reflective practitioners! Support them in the evaluative process by encouraging them to think about how they will modify their approach to help children in aspects where they might be lagging. You will find this a helpful exercise in informing any supervision or appraisal processes.

If you’d like a little help with evaluating EYFS practice in your own early years setting, please do get in touch using the button below. If we can help you, we will!

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