Assessment

We want to ensure that when each child leaves us, they are ready for the next stage in their education, so we share their progress with you while they’re in our care.

We start exactly where your child is, so we begin by talking to, listening to and interacting with them, then base any future assessments on this point. Every child is different, and learning progression in the early stages of development varies hugely. Our assessments are based purely on what we think is best for your child.

Our assessments are mostly observational, and don’t interrupt your child while they’re playing. We look for ways your child has progressed, as well as areas they may need more help.

We regularly update you on your child’s progress, and you can ask us questions at any time. When it’s time for your child to start primary school, we share our assessment with their new teacher to help them with their own learning preparation.

Every child has their own learning journey book where we include photos, pieces of work, observations and learning stories showing each child’s development and learning. Learning journeys are accessible for parents and children to read at any time, and we encourage families to also add to their child’s book. When the child leaves nursery, we present their learning journey to their family.

 

When a child joins us at age 2, we carry out an EYFS Progress Check at around 30 months. This is where parents and the child’s Key Person meet to share information.

Developmental milestones help us track which children are reaching typical development for their chronological age. Where appropriate, we also use other forms of assessment to understand how an individual child is developing.

We use this data to inform planning for individuals and groups, while qualified teachers provide moderation.

Each child receives an end-of-year learning letter in July that summarises their development and learning over the year. When a child leaves nursery, we share a final learning letter with the child, their parents and their next school. This includes the child’s developmental milestones and attendance percentage.

You can read some learning stories with our own children below:

Alisha-Ruby

Efe

Felix

Freddy

Nina and Bailey

Onish

Robin

Zac

We encourage children to work and play together and respect the need for peace and privacy when appropriate. Children are helped to manage conflict or challenging situations in a positive and proactive way, listening to others and finding ways to work together.

You can find out more about what children get up to in our nursery school and the relationship with their key person, in their letters to the children below:

 

Erin Letter Ivy-Blu Letter Ritanya Letter