Seeing assessment as a stepping stone: Thinking in the context of the EYLF
Author(s): Alma Fleet and Catherine Patterson
ECA Code: RIP 1104
Australia has a wonderful opportunity to benefit from its first national Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2010). While ideas are bubbling across the sector about the strengths of planning in terms of the over-arching concepts of ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’, there is some hesitancy about tackling the concept of ‘assessment’ in prior to school settings.
Authors Alma Fleet and Catherine Patterson go back and revisit the EYLF (DEEWR, 2009) and its Educators’ Guide (DEEWR, 2010), they have thought through some examples, and provided provocations for further thinking. They are reframing assessment as documenting and demonstrating children’s learning (outcomes) as a stepping stone to reflective planning, authentic communication with families, and professional recording.
This booklet will help you understand:
• the Five Outcomes
• educator examples using the EYLF
• Belonging, Being and Becoming
• concept of assessment
• Educators guide to the EYLF
• Monitoring, assessing and evaluating.
The Early Years Learning Framework is a professional opportunity, not a constraint. It provides a context for thoughtful work with young children. Caring, laughing, nurturing, learning need not be replaced by timetabled measurement in the name of assessment. The process is not imposed; create it! While these are practical guidebooks for educators, they may also be of interest to families and others who work closely with young children.