Working with parents and carers underpins our approach to supporting your child’s learning. Children are assigned their own Key Worker and it is important to build up a relationship with them so that a two-way-flow of information, about your child, can be exchanged. We know that embedding effective Key Worker Systems is important as:
How we assess children
As a parent, it is important to understand how your child is assessed. On-going assessment forms part of the planning processes we have to support your child’s learning and development. We assess your child throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and across the following areas: Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. To assess your child’s progress within these areas, your child’s Key Worker will use information from a wide range of sources to make judgements on their learning and development. The most important source of information is the parent, as you possess the most knowledge of your child. This is why it is important that you establish an open and on-going dialogue with your child’s Key Worker in which a two-way-flow of information is exchanged.
Assessments are carried out when your child first starts nursery, this in called a ‘base-line assessment’, and at the end of every term. This way, we can see where your child started and how far they have come on their learning journey. Practitioners will happily share this information with parents so that they can can share in their child's progress and achievements.
Parents contributing towards on-going assessment:
Parents complete a ‘Unique Child’ form when their child first starts, this enables us to see what skills, knowledge and experience children bring with them. We will use this information to complete our early assessments each child, we often refer to this as a 'baseline' assessment because it helps us to set a starting point. Each term we will ask parents to complete an ‘All About Me’ form, which provides us with up-to-date information about their child and allows us to tap-into their changing interests. Parents are encouraged to complete 'WOW Observations', which tell us about the child's achievements outside of nursery. We use all of the information that we get from parents to help us to assess their child’s progress and to plan for the next steps in their learning.
Finding out about my child’s progress:
Your child’s Key Worker will have been working closely with you from the beginning. They will have daily informal discussions with you about what you child has been doing at nursery; they may also want to ask you further questions about your child to enable them to fully meet their needs. It is through discussions with your child’s Key Worker that you will be able to find out about your child’s progress and achievements.
Parents are encouraged to view their child’s development file regularly, where they can see pictures of the children at nursery, children’s work, observations and much more. We also provide parents with an overview of their progress within the EYFS and welcome them to attend Parents’ Evening.
Parental Notification: Assessment and Data Protection
As part of our assessment and tracking system in our nursery, we will share individual children’s information with the local authority. This information consists of name, date of birth, gender, NHS number and a summary of their development in the prime areas of learning. The local authority will use this data for analysis and to support raising attainment in our nursery. This data will not be shared with any outside agencies.
If you have any concerns or questions please contact your child’s Key Worker to discuss this further.
Practitioners use the wealth of information they have about each individual child in order to plan purposeful learning opportunities to both support and extend their learning. Weekly planning is displayed for parents so that they are able to further promote their child’s learning appropriately at home.