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Assessment for Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage


August 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are you struggling with the complexities of assessment? Demystifying the process of assessment for learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Assessment for Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage 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, child minders and those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) will find this an invaluable guide.



Jonathan Glazzard and Julie Percival
Assessment for Learning: Theoretical Perspectives and Leading Pedagogy
Julie Percival
Values and Principles of Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Denise Chadwick and Anne Webster
Enabling Environments
Julie Percival
Personalized Learning: Looking at Children Holistically
Denise Chadwick and Anne Webster
Listening to Children and Each Other
Denise Chadwick and Anne Webster
Collecting Meaningful Evidence
Jonathan Glazzard
Summarizing Learning and Development at the End of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Jonathan Glazzard
Involving Parents and Carers as Partners in Assessment
Jonathan Glazzard
What Impacts on Children's Learning and Development?
Jonathan Glazzard
The Early Years Foundation Stage and beyond

'This book provides an excellent overview of how to make assessment for learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage meaningful. It is accessible and helpfully structured...[and] its strong pricncipled approach is full of practical, innovative ideas...Overall, this book certainly helps us find the process of assessment in the early years less daunting and complex' -
Nursery World


'This is a refreshing text because it argues that assessment should be a celebration of what children can do, while being informal, regular and able to inform future planning' -
Early Years Educator


'This book is a good practice and idea guide to assessment for learning and would be particularly useful to students, teachers, teaching assistants and other Early Years Practitioners' -
Early Years Online


'As a current student I found it particularly difficult to access the key points in academic literature but this book gives an excellent explanation of the important aspects of the different theories and assessment for learning. I would thoroughly recommend it to all students no matter what stage of their course they are at. It isn't like many of the academic books I have tried to read which are filled with technical jargon, it is precise and concise and very enjoyable' - Kaye Meakin BA (Hons) Early Primary Education year 3


This book is so good for those who need to know about assessment in Early Years

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
September 25, 2014

Excellent and again popular with Students will recommend again this year

Mrs Kate James
Health and Social Care, Barnet College
August 29, 2014

An extremely informative book with good reflective activities. The key points make it accessible for student reference.

Mrs Deirdre Hewitt
School of Education, Chester University
January 2, 2014

Adopted as essential reading on FdA Learning Support. A useful guide for those Learning Support staff who do not work in the National Curriculum, containing so much useful information about the multi-faceted nature of assessment in early childhood education and care.

Miss Caroline Meredith
School of Education and Innovation, Bishop Grosseteste University
November 22, 2013

A very practical helpful text, shame there isn't a text for the Foundation Phase in Wales!

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
June 14, 2013

A very readable book. Gives practical advice, theoretical perspectives and points for reflection. Useful for all early childhood students.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 15, 2013

Very useful as part of the STALN module for the Foundation Degree (CYP) easy to use and reader friendly. Some good overall content to guide students through assessment in the early years

Mrs Susan Turner
School of Health and Enterprise, Newcastle College
February 17, 2013

I have already shared this text with some Early Years Option trainees to support them on school experience. The book develops understanding and knowledge of the range of assessment techniques and processes.

Mrs Sarah Martin-Denham
Education , Sunderland University
August 31, 2012

Some really excellent chapters that fit well with the teaching on FdA Early Years and ITE courses we offer here

Ms Denise Kingston
School of Education, Brighton University
December 14, 2011

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