How to Give Age 2 Progress Check Feedback to Parents & Carers
All children attending an EYFS setting are required to receive a written progress check between their second and third birthday. Nursery Resources' takes a look at the Age 2 Progress Check and breaks down every section in order for you to gain an understanding of the important task ahead.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a legal government framework used in early years settings. Its aim is to encourage every child's healthy development and readiness for future learning. The EYFS requires all children attending nursery or a childcare setting to have a progress check at age two which parents/carers can share with their health visitor. That check, designed to help meet those guidelines, happens sometime between the child's second and third birthday.
The progress check is designed to help you understand how your child is developing in these three prime areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
As well as identify where a child is progressing well and where they may need extra help and support, along with helping parents/carers work with their childcare provider to identify the activities, experiences and support that will help a child's continual development.
Age 2 Progress Check Broken Down
There is no set template for the progress check, but there are areas that do need to be covered, and Nursery Resources have compiled a comprehensive list of what should be included to help you. We'll now break down each section of the form to help you understand the template and get the most out of this resource. Explaining to you what is required for a successful and sufficient progress check.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
After the option of writing specific information about the child, you have the chance to score several abilities and key development features to see how well they are progressing: self-confidence and self-awareness, making relationships, and managing feelings and behaviour. You can score the child anywhere from 0 to 60+ – this gives both yourself and the parent/carer a clear indication of where the child is performing well, or where attention is required.
Communication and Language
A vital part of a young person's development is how they obtain the ability to communicate with others around them – be with physically or verbally – it is a key area that also transcends into their education and learning ability, so it is important that it is looked at and discussed in depth in the 'open text' space provided. The scoring categories afterwards to make note of are 'listening and attention, 'understanding' and 'speaking'.
After working in a setting for a while, you establish a second sense for the 'average' development of a child – what seems to be the norm. Not only does this mean with their communication and social skills, but also physically. It can be an early sign to see if something is affecting a child's growth, from diet to a possible unnatural defect, and is worth bringing attention to in case it needs to be addressed.
'Moving and handling' and 'health and self-care', highlighting that the child should also be aware that it is their responsibility to look after themselves and see them become a better person.
Specific Areas of Learning and Development
The form then looks into specific areas of learning and development, including literacy (with a scoring system in place for 'reading' and 'writing', and mathematics (with a scoring system, in place for 'numbers' and 'shape, space and measure').
It then looks at interesting, unique areas that are open to interpretation and analysis of one's character: understanding the world (with a scoring system in place for 'people and communities, 'the world' and 'technology') and expressive arts and design (with a scoring system in place for 'exploring and using media and materials and 'being imaginative'); both designed to look beyond the regimented and normal trends of a child's progress.
My Areas for Further Support
Lastly, here is a section to address the findings on the form – allowing you to discuss the prime areas that need focus, attention and support going forward. It's split into two sections, 'prime' and 'specific', to represent each side of the form.
How to Improve the Age 2 Progress Check
We have improved on the required and added additional features to the progress check to make the review more personal and beneficial for both educators and parents/carers. Parents will love to hear what their child is like in another's company. Children so often have different personalities at home, so this is a really valuable section to include in your age two feedback. The first section is At My Childcare Setting. This section is for the setting to fill out, and is split into four further sections:
Your Unique Child with a Unique Personality
This is an inventive and great way to interact with the child and make them think about their own development with a sense of fun. You can ask them the following questions and interact with them to fill the list out:
- My favourite thing is
- I don't like
- I am currently learning how to
- I am deeply engaged when I am
- I become very excited/interested when
- I am very proud of
- I am working hard towards
These questions are later repeated in our booklet under the section At Home; for the child's parents/carers to fill in and observe if there are any differences they note from what the early years setting has stated. Discussing these questions, in general, provides good insight not only into a child's development but also their character.
Your Child's Unique Achievements
The second section describes how the child is developing in three vital EYFS areas of observation and can be a carbon copy of what was written in the cut-out two-sided template. It provides more of an explanation/insight than the template form:
Personal, social and emotional development has an emphasis on developing positive relationships, social skills, respect for others, self-confidence and self-awareness, and managing feelings and behaviour. Physical development invites you to discuss coordination, control and movement, making healthy choices and understanding the importance of staying active. Finally, Communication and language looks at self-expression, listening, attention, understanding and speaking in a range of settings.
Overview of Your Child's Progress
This area gives you a lot of space to write your observations and analysis of the child's development, always targeting areas of strength and improvement in a positive light with the two categories of Your child's key strengths and achievements and Areas your child is working towards. It allows you to discuss at length (if you wish) anything in particular that needs more than a sentence to review, but also address any observations that don't specifically fall under any one category.
Next Step Planning
The final section is looking forward to how the development of the child can continue and maintain a good level of progress. We've highlighted its purpose by stating 'these suggested activities, experiences and support will help nurture your child's ongoing development' – emphasising that there are various things, other than traditional education in the classroom, that can help develop a child.
It's broken up to target the three core areas and gives space for what you can do to continue the child's development at home, and what can be done in the setting to ensure the fantastic progress made thus far does not derail.
Save Time & Money – Buy an Age 2 Progress Check Booklet
One of the benefits of the progress check is the opportunity to involve and engage parents in their child's learning journey. However, many parents may be unfamiliar with the background of the progress check, which could mean spending a lot of time explaining what it's for, answering common questions or writing your own explanatory letter. To help simplify to communication process with parents, we have the ideal product for your setting.
Our booklet helps to avoid this additional work by providing a plain-speaking parent's guide summarised in just a few pages that you can use to:
- Explain the background and benefits of the check
- Outline how a child is assessed
- List the areas a child will be assessed against
In addition, the template includes space to set targets, reflect on a child's unique personality and record individual achievements.
You Could Save Valuable Time & Money
Whilst there are numerous benefits to this additional reporting requirement, the process of this statutory requirement can increase the administrative workload at your setting, especially if you need to invest the time to create a suitable template.
If you are currently printing templates yourself, you could find it's more cost-effective and time-efficient to hand over the work to us. That's because in addition to creating quality nursery resources, we're also an established professional printer, and our per-unit cost is less thank you think.
For a small additional fee, the template can also be customised to include your setting's name, logo, contact details and any other additional information. The front cover even has a space for a child's photo. It means that as well as meeting the requirements of the Age 2 Progress Check, you'll be able to provide parents with a high-quality document that highlights the professionalism of your setting.
Simply place an order and you'll receive beautifully printed, professional documents direct to your childcare setting ready to use. It's something else you don't need to think about. Finally, here's an easy way to deliver Age 2 Progress Check feedback to parents and carers!
Free Download EYFS Two Year Check Summary Template
To help, Nursery Resources have created a comprehensive EYFS Two Year Check Summary template to assist you with your Age Two Progress Checks. This two-page template has everything you need in order to fulfil the criteria set out by the EYFS, giving ample room for you to score each child and write essential notes to discuss and celebrate their development and growth.
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