Effective Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Author: Jan Dubiel
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473968127
Format: PDF, ePub
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"This book is written by one of the leading experts on assessment. It contains the deep knowledge and understanding that comes with knowing a subject inside out; but Jan Dubiel’s approach is very practical." -Professor Tina Bruce CBE, University of Roehampton How we assess our youngest children is a vital part of early years practice. The new edition of Jan Dubiel’s bestselling book offers a clear explanation of the role of assessment in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and step-by-step guidance for those working with children from birth to five on making and recording observations in practice. Updated throughout the second edition now features: A brand new chapter on the History of the Baseline Assessment Policy A companion website including access to SAGE journal articles, child observation videos and examples of completed assessments Detailed guidance on the new Integrated Health and Education check at age two This book continues to help students and practitioners develop an evidence-based understanding of assessment and an appreciation of what constitutes effective assessment in early years settings.

Effective Practice In The Eyfs An Essential Guide

Author: Hutchin, Vicky
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335247539
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this compelling new book Vicky Hutchin provides an accessible and readable guide to effective practice in the revised EYFS which Explains the revised EYFS areas of learning and development Considers the three 'characteristics of effective learning' and the implications for practitioners in their interactions with children and the provision they make for them Explores in detail the role of practitioners and parents in supporting children's learning and development Examines the importance of partnership with parents in their children's learning and development and how to develop this Details the observation, assessment and planning cycle with a particular focus on the statutory summative assessment, the 'Progress Check at Age Two' This is the revised EYFS brought to life for early years practitioners, professionals and students. Threaded throughout the book are real case studies taken from a range of inspiring early years settings. These are backed up by interviews with practitioners as they reflect on and develop their practice to ensure the best support for young children's development, learning and wellbeing. Each chapter makes reference to relevant research and includes 'top tips for effective practice'. "Effective Practice in the EYFS is a clear, comprehensive and accessible exposition of the new EYFS and its requirements for practitioners. Using case studies, examples from settings and observations of children, Vicky Hutchin brings breadth and depth to each aspect of the EYFS and ensures that practitioners have a principled understanding of the importance and relevance of each aspect of their work with young children. The Characteristics of Early Learning are given appropriate significance and can be seen to underpin all subsequent chapters. The Prime and Specific Areas of Learning are each highlighted with great clarity and every chapter concludes with 'Top Tips for Effective Practice' which could be used to create a development plan by any setting wanting to reflect on current practice. This book would be valuable for all practitioners but particularly those new to the early years and wanting a clear reference guide to all that is important about teaching in this phase." Julie Fisher, Independent Early Years Advisor "This book will guide practitioners on their journey into the new requirements of the EYFS, and will build confidence. It is written with clarity, encourages common sense and draws on the good practice of real settings together with useful reference to research and literature. Just what is needed!" Professor Tina Bruce CBE, University of Roehampton, UK "As an Essential Guide to the revised EYFS Vicky Hutchin's book covers everything a practitioner needs to know and think about. The emphasis on the Characteristics of Effective Learning ensures that the reader understands right from the outset that HOW children learn rather than WHAT they learn is a priority. There are clear explanations of the Characteristics which are underpinned by the theory of how children learn and develop, including important connections to the psychology of children's early learning. Vicky has woven together the statutory requirements of the EYFS with examples of good early years practice and the voice of the child. The central strand of observation and interpreting how children are learning supports practitioners'understanding and gives them helpful directions to the work of Ferre Laevers, Julie Fisher and others. There is a strong reflective element running through the book with helpful case studies, questions to think about and useful summaries at the end of each chapter. Chapter 12 helpfully directs the reader to think about the EYFS as an evaluative tool to improve the quality of practice. These are the strengths of Vicky's book along with the following A good explanation of school readiness Clear explanations of child initiated and adult- led thinking and learning Links to parental involvement throughout the book as well as a dedicated chapter Assessment which is child focussed and based in the context of observation and planning next steps. The messages are clear and respectful of children Unpicking each area of learning and making the linksbetween theory and practice as well as a frequent reminderof the holistic nature of children's development and learning Top tips for effective practice and points for reflection" Di Chilvers, Advisory Consultant in Early Childhood

Assessment for Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Author: Jonathan Glazzard
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446241417
Format: PDF, Docs
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Are you struggling with the complexities of assessment? Demystifying the process of assessment for learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), this book explains in straightforward language how to put principles into practice. Looking at models of assessment, the book draws heavily on examples of real assessments from practice, and the relevant theory is explained in context. Lessons from research are applied to best practice, and issues covered include: - self-assessment and peer assessment - collecting evidence as a basis for making judgements - how to track the child's development in the six areas of learning - using assessment to inform future planning - summative assessment in the EYFS - involving parents and carers in the assessment process - using assessment to support children with additional needs - moderation Throughout the book there are plenty of practical examples from a range of early years settings, with case studies for the Birth to Five age range. Students, teachers, teaching assistants and those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) will find this an invaluable guide.

Supporting Every Child s Learning Across the Early Years Foundation Stage

Author: Vicky Hutchin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780340947777
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Early Years Foundation Stage brings new expectations to ensure that every child is provided with the best support for their learning and development, from birth to five and beyond. Practical skills in observing, making assessments and using these assessments in planning are essential for all practitioners working with young children. Vicky Hutchin offers clear guidance and advice on all aspects of assessment and planning in the early years, rooted firmly in the well-established principles of good practice and recent research. With plenty of real observations of children learning across the age range, Vicky explains the essential processes for effective assessment and planning, including different ways of observing as well as how best to involve parents and the children themselves - even the very youngest. Most importantly, she shows how to make these processes manageable, covering a wide range of different types of settings - from childminder to playgroup, nursery, children's centre and reception class. She also considers the new statutory summative assessment, the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, and how to ensure the assessment is used effectively to support planning in Year 1. This book follows on from Vicky's previous books Right from the Start and Observing and Assessing for the Foundation Stage Profile in showing how rewarding effective assessment and planning is for all concerned - the children, their families and the practitioners involved.

Creative Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Author: Pamela May
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415478367
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice. Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories. The clear and practical information in this book will help practitioners in supporting and developing the natural curiosity of children, helping them explore and express their own ideas through a variety of activities including music art and dance. The author explores the balance between the necessary freedoms of choice that creativity requires and the control which thoughtful practitioners must exert and offers ideas for building children's imaginations through play.

Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

Author: David Whitebread
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317936116
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This best-selling text book provides a broad-ranging and up-to-date review of thinking and best practice within nursery and infant education. Written around the basic truth that an effective early years curriculum must start with the children, their needs and their potential, the contributors to this classic text acknowledge that learning must have a strong element of fun, wonder and excitement. Fully revised and updated in light of recent changes to the Early Years curriculum, with brand new chapters on assessment, communication, writing, creativity and diversity, the contributors address a range of fundamental issues and principles, including: an analysis of research into how children learn; discussions of issues such as classroom organisation, curriculum management, and assessment; a detailed section on play and language; chapters covering individual curriculum areas, including new chapters on music and PSHE. Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical and inspiring classroom examples throughout. It is essential reading for all Foundations Stage and KS1 trainee teachers, their tutors and mentors, and serving teachers working in the 3-7 age range who wish to reflect upon and develop their practice.

Catching them at it

Author: Sally Featherstone
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408193914
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Practitioners working within the EYFS are still uncertain of exactly how to manage assessment. This book will take them through the process step by step. It explains the terminology involved, shows practitioners how to turn 'observation' into 'assessment' and in the final chapter sets out how to manage and interpret all the information they have gathered. This book is an essential part of all early years bookshelves as the government expects 80% of the judgements on progress towards the Early Learning Goals to be based on observations of children in 'child-initiated' play environments.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

Author: Annie Woods
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317618742
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The characteristics of effective learning – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically – underpin young children’s learning and development and are central to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage. Practitioners need to be confident of planning, observing and assessing characteristics of effective learners and understand how they support children’s learning and development. The book explores what the characteristics of effective learning look like and how practitioners can create opportunities for children to express them. It considers the ways in which they connect with children’s natural explorations, play, enjoyement and the environments created by adults. Throughout the focus is on building on children’s own interests as practitioners plan for, observe and assess playing and exploring, active learning and creativity and critical thinking. Including encounters from authentic settings and provocative questions for reflective practice, the book covers: children’s well-being and motivations creating effective learning possibilities for all children engaging children’s interests the role of the adult and environment sustained shared thinking This timely new text aims to help practitioners and students develop their understanding of the charactersitics of effective learning and show them how they can support young children in become effective and motivated learners.

Assessing and Supporting Young Children s Learning

Author: Vicky Hutchin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781444170399
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Enables you to implement assessment in an early years classroom in the best way to enhance learning. Vicky Hutchin takes a new look at why assessment is key to effective teaching across the early years and into Year 1, and how to develop your assessment practice to ensure you really are providing the best support for children's learning. Through the learning journeys of teachers in early years classes, with a special focus on Reception, this book provides a wealth of practical ideas to help you develop easy-to-manage assessment processes for the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, in a way that values children's all-round learning. - An authoritative 'how to' guide to assessment and planning in the context of the new Early Years Foundation Stage Profile - Practical, down-to-earth, clearly written and with numerous examples - written by an early years practitioner for practitioners - Includes full colour photos which help relate the text to real-life situations Uses varied examples of children's learning to show how to tease out the implications for teaching from assessment information, including: - How to include the child's and parents' voice in the assessment and planning processes - How to make meaningful summative assessments from ongoing assessments - How to complete the revised EYFS Profile and track progress right through to Year 1 This essential guide will help Reception and Year 1 teachers to ensure continuity of learning and a smooth transition, for all the children.

Early Years Observation and Planning in Practice

Author: Jenny Barber
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1907241655
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This title is designed to help early years practitioners in any setting understand clearly and precisely how to best plan for and observe learning in the early years. This title covers all the key aspects of planning and observing that affect those in practice, including how to: Assess and observe children, Put children at the heart of your planning, Link observation to planning, Plan for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This title also includes printable/photocopiable forms for you to use to structure your own planning and observations with, and help you to put the best practice examples in this book directly into practice.