At the end of EYFS children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). The latter is a report of the children’s development and achievements at the end of the Reception year. There are three main objectives; to inform parents about their child’s development, to ease the transition to Key Stage 1, and to help Year 1 teachers plan for the year ahead to meet the needs of the entire class. The EYFSP is broken into 7 areas of learning:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Within each of these areas, there are individual ELG’s. For example, in the case of Literacy, these are Reading and Writing. The children are given an achievement level for each of these areas.
There are three separate achievement levels within each Development Matters age band:
Emerging: your child is working below the expected level
Expected: your child is working at the level expected for his age
Exceeding: your child is working above the expected level
For further information on the ‘Expected’ and ‘Exceeding’ Early Learning Goals, please refer to the following documents:
On leaving the Foundation Stage at the end of Reception, a child is considered to have a ‘Good Level of Development’ (GLD) if they have achieved at least the expected level in the Early Learning Goals in all aspects of PSED, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy and Mathematics.
If you have any questions or require further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Evans or myself, Miss Pickford.