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Progress from the Start

Progress from the Start is a programme which will support you in tracking children's progress and planning for their development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The responsibility for learning and development in babies and young children under five rests with the adults. They provide the experiences, resources and environments for learning. Progress depends on the quality of provision and how it responds to the needs of the child.  The purpose of this document is to support everyone working in early years with assessing babies and young children in line with the principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Central to this is the process of relating a child’s learning and development to the developmental stages outlined in Development Matters. You need to know each child’s current level of development to help you plan their learning, thereby developing an enabling environment that supports their progress.  Progress from the Start contains advice that will be useful to all practitioners working in all types of settings following the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
There are seven cards in the pack which offer guidance and a series of proformas for you to download. Each card has a section for leaders and managers, detailing their responsibility at each stage. Childminders may also find these useful to reflect upon and to use to help further develop their provision.
Card 2: Observational Assessment as Daily Practice (PDF 246kb)
Card 3: Early Assessment Review (PDF 152kb)
Card 4: The Child Monitoring Tool (PDF 160kb)
Card 5: Documenting Children’s Learning (PDF 70kb)
Card 6: Progress Summaries and Sharing Practice (PDF 142kb)
Card 7: Cohort Analysis and Tracking (PDF 102kb)
Card 8: Transitions (PDF 124kb)
Please click on the links below to find the area you wish to use.
Early Assessment Review
ECAT strategies to support assessment
Documenting Children’s Learning
Progress Summaries
Progress Trackers
Frequently Asked Questions

Early Assessment Review

This link gives a prompt for making observations of babies and young children at different developmental stages including; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development at 0 - 36 months through to Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, from 30 - 60 months.
Early Assessment Review (PDF 36kb)

ECAT strategies to support assessment

National and local ECAT strategies and guidance to help practitioners develop the early language skills of children.  This page also includes the child monitoring tool and action plan, templates and other resources.

Documenting Children’s Learning

Practitioners can use the forms below to record observations of children and track their progress in their learning and development.
EYFS Observation/Evidence Tracker proforma (Word 50kb)
Individual Observation proforma (Word 26kb)  Providers may want to remove the words in Italics before using / printing the proforma.
Group Observation proforma (Word 28kb)
My first day - Charlie (PDF 622kb)
My first day - Sophie (PDF 544kb)
My first week - Liam (PDF 22kb)
My first day / week blank form (Word 29kb)

Progress Summaries

The links below give you the templates, guidance notes on what should be included and examples to help you complete the progress summaries at birth - 36 months, 36 months plus and the transition to school.  
Birth - 36 months includes EYFS Progress Check at age 2
Birth - 36 months blank (word 37 kb)
Birth - 36 months guidance (word 56kb)
Birth to 36 months example (PDF 136kb)
Progress Check at age 2 example (PDF 35kb)
Progress Check at age 2 blank (Word 30kb)
36 months +
36 months + blank (word 38 kb)
36 months + guidance (Word 63kb)
36 months + Example (PDF 36kb)
36 months + Example child with EAL (PDF 76kb)
36 months + Example child with complex and profound needs (PDF 39kb)
Transition to school
Transition to school blank (word 46 kb
Transition to school guidance (Word 69kb)
Transition to school Example SEN provision (PDF 36kb)
Other Progress Summaries information
Useful Sentence Starters (Word 35kb)

Progress Trackers

These templates can be used in conjuntion with the Early Assessment Review information to track progress through a child's time at the setting.  Guidance and support for these data collection templates and grids can be found on Card 3, Card 6 and Card 7.
Individual Progress Tracker (Word 156kb)
Tracking Vulnerable Children Template (Word 36kb)
Tracking Vulnerable Children Grid (Word 31kb)
Cohort Progress Tracker (Word 90kb)
Cohort Profile Example (Word 47kb)

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you get the most of the information in this section we have split it into the following headings;
Child Monitoring Tool (PDF 14kb)
Cohort Analysis and Tracker (PDF 24kb)
Documenting Children's Learning (PDF 14KB)
Early Assessment Review (PDF 14kb)
Progress Sumaries and Sharing Progress (PDF 14kb)
Downloadable Resources
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Page Last Updated: 11 April 2016