Policy and Procedure No.12a.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that Parents/Carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in three prime learning and development areas of the EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE); Physical Development (P) and Communication and Language (CL); when the child is aged between 24-36 months.
1. The aims of the Progress Check are to:
a. Review a child’s development in the three prime areas of the EYFS.
b. Ensure that Parents/Carers have a clear picture of their child’s development.
c. Enables practitioners to understand each child’s individual needs and plan activities to meet these whilst attending the setting.
d. Enable Parents/Carers to understand their child’s needs and with support from the Practitioners enhance development at home.
e. Record the areas in which the child is progressing well and identify any areas where progress is less than expected.
f. Identify actions we as a provider intend to take to address any developmental concerns including working with other professionals where appropriate e.g. Early Years Advisors, Speech and Language Therapists.
2. Practitioners will ensure that
a. Parents/Carers are informed about this requirement through the settings Welcome Pack, Policies and Procedures and their child’s Learning Journey.
b. As much information is gathered about the child through registration forms and ‘Getting to Know Me’ information.
c. Parents/Carers permission must be obtained prior to the commencement of the Progress Check.
d. Information is exchanged between Parents/Carers and the setting at regular times, acknowledging that Parents/Carers know their child best.
e. If and when required, information is shared with other professionals.
f. Practitioners shall complete the Progress Check at around two years and nine months, unless for reasons known to the child’s Parents/Carers and Senior Practitioners, then Progress Checks shall be completed bu two years and eleven months.
g. All Practitioners within the setting shall have input each child’s Progress Check, unless Parents/Carers request only the child’s Keyperson and a Senior Practitioner have input.
3. On completion of the Progress Check the setting will:
a. Ensure that a Senior Practitioner completes a hard copy and prepares a Progress Check book for each child.
b. Allow time for Parents/Carers to have an informal discussion with all Practitioners, the child’s Keyworker and or Senior Practitioners.
c. Ensure that the Parents/Carers comments and signature are included on the Progress Check.
d. Copies are held on the child’s individual records and in their Learning Journey.
e. Copies are handed to the child’s Parents/Carers for their records and encouraged to share this information with other relevant professionals, such as the child’s own Health Visitor.
f. Next steps are followed, whether it be kept within the setting, at home or with the support of other outside professionals or agencies.