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Assessment of children’s knowledge, understandings, skills and capabilities is an essential ingredient of planning for and promoting new learning and development. Assessment is designed to discover what children know, understand, and can do. Assessment may be based on how children move and regulate themselves, what they make, write, draw, say and can do, and what their family and professionals report about them. All children benefit when assessment reflects a whole-child approach that may include their health and wellbeing, reveals their strengths, and shows what might next be learnt.

Assessment of children as confident and involved learners

This literature review documents the research that underpins and defines communication for children from birth to eight years. It outlines their trajectory of communication development and the different modes and components of language.

This literature review documents the research that underpins and defines learning for children from birth to eight years, and outlines their trajectory as confident and involved learners.

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Assessment of children as effective communicators

This literature review documents the research that underpins and defines communication for children from birth to eight years. It outlines their trajectory of communication development and the different modes and components of language.

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Assessment of children as having a strong sense of wellbeing

This literature review documents the research that underpins and defines wellbeing for children from birth to five years. It outlines the trajectory for children's wellbeing, and the learning environments and responsive interactions that support their wellbeing.

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Planning Cycle Resource

The Planning Cycle Resource has been designed to:

  • Demonstrate how the VEYLDF Early Years Planning Cycle can be applied to observe, assess and respond to evidence of children's learning.
  • Illustrate and provide a model for the teaching of specific concepts to children aged from birth to eight years within everyday learning environments.

See Early Years Birth to 8 Resources for more information.