Observation, assessment and planning
Formative assessment is an integral part of teaching young children.
Children’s development and learning is best supported by starting from the child, and then matching interactions and experiences to meet the child’s needs.
The observation, assessment and planning (OAP) cycle describes what is frequently called assessment for learning, or formative assessment. On-going formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice. It involves observation of children as a part of all activity, which is most often held in the mind of the practitioner but may sometimes be documented, using this rich information to understand how a child is developing, learning and growing, and then planning the next steps for the adults in supporting and extending the learning.

At the end of the year children are assessed against 17 early learning goals. They will be assessed as having either 'met' or 'not met' the goals. 

Parents will be given this information at the end of the year in school reports.