A Guide to Observation, Assessment and Planning in the Early Years for Leaders and Managers

The Gateway Conference Centre, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road
Course Trainer
Marc Frost
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Target Audience
Deputy Headteacher / Assistant Headteacher / Senior Teacher / Early Years Managers and Leaders / Early Years Practitioner / Teacher
target audience
Course Types
Course categories
Early Years Service / Schools
01 Early Years Foundation Stage / Assessment
Course description
Observation, assessment and planning are key aspects of Early Years provision.
The Statutory Framework for the EYFS (2021) states that:
·         “Ongoing assessment…is an integral part of the learning and development process. It involves practitioners knowing children’s level of achievement and interests, and then shaping teaching and learning experiences for each child reflecting that knowledge. In their interactions with children, practitioners should respond to their own day-to-day observations about children’s progress and observations that parents and carers share.”

·         “Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan activities and support.”

·         “Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interest, and development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development.”

This course supports leaders and managers working in the Early Years to understand the importance of the observation, assessment and planning cycle. Each component will be reviewed and discussed with time set aside to consider how the cycle could work in your setting.
Training objectives

  • To acknowledge the observation, assessment and planning cycle

  • To understand the statutory obligations under the revised EYFS (2021)

  • To acknowledge links to the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework

  • To understand what observing is and why it is important

  • To understand what high-quality assessment looks like

  • To consider ways to plan your curriculum; planning for progression and inclusivity

  • To consider workload across the cycle

Learning outcomes
Delegates will increase their knowledge and skills so they:

  • meet statutory obligations as outlined in the EYFS

  • understand how to develop practices around observation, assessment and planning to support outcomes for all children

  • evaluate and reflect on current workload practices

Additional Information
Diamond Room, The Gateway

Water is available in the room. 

Due to Covid restrictions please bring your own refreshments in a suitable flask.
Start Date
Tuesday 28 September 2021
End Date
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Closing Date
Saturday 18 September 2021
09:30 - 12:30
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