Tracking Development In The EYFS

April 15, 2019 1:40 pm
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Tracking a child’s development in the EYFS can be a very time-consuming process for early years practitioners, but it is essential for an individual’s overall development. There are many ways in which practitioners can track a child’s development, there isn’t a set template. As long as the right information is recorded and reviewed you can tailor the process to your needs.

We have created this article with the aim to make understanding the tracking process in the EYFS easy.

This article will include:

  1. Why is tracking a child’s development in the EYFS important?
  2. Different ways in which development can be tracked in the EYFS
  3. What inspectors will look for in regards to tracking a child’s development
  4. Parent engagement and checklist for parents supporting their child’s development
  5. Important guidance


1. Why is tracking a child’s development in the EYFS important?

The most important reason for tracking a child’s progress in the EYFS is to check if a child’s overall development is on track.

The EYFS requires practitioners to be able to demonstrate how children make progress in their learning and development in order that they reach their full potential. It is important that their progress is tracked and reviewed regularly throughout the EYFS.

Regular tracking allows practitioners to notice if a child is falling behind in one area of development and then allows them to give the child the extra support they need to succeed in this area. It is also a tool to share with parents (and a professional if need be). Parents will be able to understand their child’s learning and support, and make improvements at home.

A delay in support could result in developmental disabilities later on in a child’s life.

Developmental disabilities are issues that children don’t outgrow or catch up from, though they can make progress. While it’s not always clear what is causing the delay, early intervention can often help children catch up. Some children still have delays in skills when they reach school age.

1 in 6 children have a developmental disability, however, only half of these are identified before starting school.

Children with developmental problems are at increased risk of poor outcomes in many areas important to health, well-being, and success in life. Developmental disorders have also been found to increase a child’s risk of poor school performance, frequent absences from school, repeating a grade, and having more health problems.

If development tracking in the EYFS is carried out regularly and thoroughly, the instances of developmental disability in your setting should be less.

Click next page to read about different ways development is tracked in the EYFS

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