Hi, this will depend on the methods your setting uses most frequently to conduct assessments and then what else is available for them to of made those decisions against.
Ways of recording
information can happen through..
Types of observations
- Pictoral, diagrammatic, charts
- Note making on anything to hand or pre-arranged materials
could be ..
Means of collecting information provided by parents, carers, colleagues
, snapshot or post-its that record 'wow or surprise moments
- good for monitoring settling in/times of transition, potential patterns in behaviour, evaluate specific interests or resources
- good for assessing attachment to a key figure and what might support the child's developing confidence & independance eg. if particular type of activities engage their interest
or tracker observation - similar to spider web obs, good for assessing resource use, social grouping and time spent at activities.
Target child observations
- provides a detailed profile of a child at each minute of a ten minute duration. These are pre-coded observations where codes that have been agreed ahead of time/proactively describe particular actions, activities or behaviours, whilst reducing time during an observation they rely on knowledge of the codes and their meanings or definitions.
eg: code - ADM = adult directed manipulation, GWR = game with rules, DB = distressed behaviour, PRE = pretend play, SSC = small scale construction, LSC= large scale construction, WA = watching. Codes may differ setting to setting depending on need and maybe link to frameworks to evidence development.
- good for seeing how a child spends a section of their time at the setting
Check sheets or tick lists
- there may also be electronic forms of assessment made on a computer that would be informed by other observations of children.
Video, photography, audio
links are to amazon.co.uk
Early years observation & planning in practice
- New 2012 edition contains
an example assessment form for children 0-2
A practical guide to child observation & assessment
How to Observe Children, 2nd edition Sheila Riddall-Leech
CAF and the pre-caf
are also assessment methods for identifying & meeting invididual needs where your service provision works in partnership with outside agencies.
- planning creative physical other area of learning observation
Development plan for observing & assessing individual children
Hope this helps xx
Other useful thread
Introduction to the range of monitoring
, observation and assessment methods
Observing speech, communication, language needs
worcestershire.gov.uk links on the right are useful reading
CYP 3.2 promote child and young person development
1.1 explain the factors that need to be taken into account when assessing development
Supporting children's physical, intellectual, communication, social, emotional and behavioural skills and development
1.3 explain the selection of assessment methods used - ie. how well they fit with the setting, staff and child and family's needs; time constraints, privacy, what a practitoner wants to obseve - behaviour, resources, interests, getting to know a child
Example child development plan