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Effective Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Effective Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Second Edition
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July 2016 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This book is written by one of the leading experts on assessment. It contains the deep knowledge and understanding that comes with knowing a subject inside out; but Jan Dubiel’s approach is very practical." 
-Professor Tina Bruce CBE, University of Roehampton

How we assess our youngest children is a vital part of early years practice.

The new edition of Jan Dubiel’s bestselling book offers a clear explanation of the role of assessment in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and step-by-step guidance for those working with children from birth to five on making and recording observations in practice. Updated throughout the second edition now features:

  • A brand new chapter on the History of the Baseline Assessment Policy
  • A companion website including access to SAGE journal articles, child observation videos and examples of completed assessments
  • Detailed guidance on the new Integrated Health and Education check at age two

This book continues to help students and practitioners develop an evidence-based understanding of assessment and an appreciation of what constitutes effective assessment in early years settings.

1 Introduction – Reclaiming Assessment
2 Why is Assessment Important?
3 What are the Purposes of Assessment?
4 Significances and Signifiers of Child Development
5 The Intuitive Professional
6 Establishing Eight Principles for Effective Early Years Assessment
7 Assessment in Practice
8 Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
9 The 2-Year-Old Progress Check
10 The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
11 The Baseline Assessment 2015 Onwards

Highly accessible book for teachers at any level of experience, helps to de-bunk many of the mysteries surrounding assessment, ensuring that practitioners are consistent and reliable in their assessments.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

A clear and concise text that helps students to understand what assessment is and what it should not be. Helpful for Early Years students who are exploring their practical experiences alongside child development theory. Students are offered a practical and logical approach when using observation to inform their approach to assessment. .

Mrs Amanda Crow
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
November 16, 2018

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
March 15, 2017

This text provides good high quality opportunities for learners/readers at any stage to engage with concepts of effective assessment in day to day practice.

care and early years, Tresham Institute
September 21, 2016