Newsletter 39: Observing children
This e-Newsletter is the first of two that focus on assessment in early childhood settings. This e-Newsletter focuses on formative assessments—the process of observing children in everyday experiences, analysing those observations and recording the information. Formative assessments include jottings, photos and notes as well as more formal assessments of children’s experiences and learning. The next e-Newsletter will focus on summative assessments—bringing together a range of observations and analyses to create a summary of children’s learning. Both forms of assessment contribute essential insights into what children are gaining from their experiences in early childhood settings and help to ensure that the curriculum contributes to their learning in each of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Outcome areas.