At Early Years Foundational Stage (EYFS), assessment is always ongoing until the end of reception. The EYFS Development Matters comprises into four age groups: 16-26 months, 22-36 months, 30-50 months and 40-60 months. Each age band consists of statements relating to children’s development. Practitioners within Little Discoverers Nursery will use these statements for the OAP (observation, assessment and planning) approach.

Each area of the EYFS curriculum has an Early Learning Goal, which is the standard that a child is expected to achieve by the end of their reception year in order to meet the standards for their age. The Early Learning Goals cover all of the 7 areas of learning as specified in the EYFS Curriculum.

Each Early Learning Goal will be graded using the following:

Emerging – working towards the expected level

Expected – working at the expected level

Exceeding – working at greater depth