Can anybody explain the eyfs assessment system?

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Jannt86 Wed 27-Jan-21 20:01:30

My 33MO has been just had her EYFS assessment. They've marked all at the 26-36MO level as secure for most things and developing for a handful. I guess I just wanted to know what people's kids are typically marked at at this age or what eyfs workers typically mark the kids? Is she on track/ahead/behind? I mean I must admit if it was my assessment looking at the criteria for a few of the things they've only marked as developing I would even have marked her as emerging in the first preschool level. Eg numbers; She easily knows when there's one or two of something and she can count as many as 10 objects.

The things that were highlighted as action olans were to do more drawing etc with her and practice drawing circles and lines. We do draw lots and tbh she can do both those things with ease but rarely wants to. She's just more interested in scribbling right now and doesn't like being told what to do so I don't sit there making her draw circles. I personally think it'll come coz she holds a pen fine most of the time.

The other one was to 'talk about nature' and talk about past and future events to encourage her language. She talks in long sentences and has a good vocabulary and can talk about past and future events but probably doesn't 'tell a story' yet. She will say simple things like 'we went to the park' but she wouldn't recall a story such as ' we went to the park and we saw a big dog and I went on the slide and then I fell over and hurt my leg' She just isn't that chatty yet despite my best efforts. I hate being made to feel like I DON'T do these things with her tbh because I do with abundance. If anyone has any tips on how to push her speech to that next level I'd love to hear it. I've always had a feeling that although her understanding is good that something is slightly 'behind' with her expressive language. She was late to babble and although like I said she talks in full sentences she has some way to go before I'd say I'll really be able to have a conversation with her.

I'm gonna stop now coz I'm rambling grin I guess I just wanted some input on how much weight to put on these assessments and whether she's at the level she should be. She's adopted and bps didn't do well at school. What will be will be but I'm keen to give her the best chance I can to do well at school

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BackforGood Wed 27-Jan-21 23:16:23

She is literally spot on where you would hope she could be.
you said yourself, she is 33 months, and is almost secure in the 26-36month band, and 'developing' in the few areas that she isn't secure in. Couldn't fit more perfectly.

It is 100% normal that she will do some things at home that they haven't seen her do at Pre-school / Nursery, and completely right that they can only mark things they see her do within Nursery.

However the profile is meant to be seen as a 'whole picture'. It isn't a checkist that they 'must' score X% on, to a level that they must 'pass' t move on to the next - it is there to give a picture of where the child is overall. Nobody needs to pick over tiny details and nobody need to 'work on' something because the Nursery don't see them do it confidently on a regular basis.

SMaCM Fri 29-Jan-21 13:39:54

That sounds fine. Talking about past and future is for her to hear the words as well as speak them, so she gets a clear understanding of tenses. Do you remember last week when we went to the park and you went down the big slide? Etc

Jannt86 Fri 29-Jan-21 16:30:00

SMaCM

That sounds fine. Talking about past and future is for her to hear the words as well as speak them, so she gets a clear understanding of tenses. Do you remember last week when we went to the park and you went down the big slide? Etc

Oh yeh and don't get me wrong we do this all the time. I think she is just one of these kids who talks when she has something to say and isn't massively interested in chatting loads yet. My nephew is the same and he's almost 6. Ask him what he did at school and he'll say 'nothing' but he's very bright. I'm not worried about her language and I'm not worried about her 'working memory' (she genuinely kicked by butt at pairs the other day for example grin) and I think the chattiness will come when she feels confident enough to speak up

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Jannt86 Fri 29-Jan-21 16:31:28

It's not a case of not understanding past/present/future either as she will recall past and future events and uses terms like yesterday and later and now pretty accurately

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