Teaching and learning - early years

Observation, assessment and planning

Observation and planning prompts and questions (word)

The following examples, to be used as a guide to support the development of your own systems, have developed from the sharing of ideas and discussion with schools and settings.

All about me

All about me example (word)


Planned observation example (word)

Spontaneous observation example (word)


Progress summary example (word)

The following example for recording the progress check at age two can be used alongside the guidance and support in the know how guide (GOV.UK website)

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) progress check at age two example (word)

If at any point throughout the EYFS significant emerging concerns are identified an EHAP should be initiated.

Monitoring children’s progress and outcomes

These tools can be used from birth to five to track and provide gap analyses of children's progress for individual, whole group and specific groups:

EYFS termly tracking record (word)

Individual progress tracking record example (word)


Planning is the dialogue and thought processes involved in supporting children’s learning and development. The planning form is the recording of this process

Individual planning example 1 (word)

Individual planning example 2 (word)

Planning for a group example (word)

Supporting bilingual children in the EYFS

The National strategies- supporting children learning English as an additional language, guidance for practitioners in the EYFS (pdf)

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Last updated: 12 Apr 2016