The Two Year Old Progress Check - Parent and Carer's Information
The two year progress check should not be confused with the development review carried out by your health visitor, and both need to be completed.
Your Key-person should agree with you when to carry out The Two Year Old Progress Check so that ideally you can have a copy to take with you when your child has their health visitor development review. Both the health check and progress check are a means to identify your child's needs accurately.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Two Year Old Progress Check?
If your child is attending an early years setting, such as a pre-school, nursery or child-minder and your child is between 24-36 months old, the setting will carry
out an assessment of your child's learning development as required by the EYFS. The EYFS sets the standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to age five. All registered early
years providers are required to follow the framework from April 2017. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the
most that they can in their earliest years of life.
The EYFS requires settings to review your child's progress and provide you with a short written summary of your child's development in the prime areas of learning and development. The Prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical development. The progress check must identify what your child is good at and any areas where your child might need extra support. It must also record what and how the setting is going to continue to support your child to further develop in each of the prime areas; these are referred to as 'next steps'. The progress check should be completed by your child's Key Person, as they will know best how your child is developing.
For any assessment to be useful and meaningful, including the Two Year Old Progress Check, then all adults working with your child need to share what they know about your child's development, to provide a full picture. As a parent of your child, you know your child best. You are your child's first and most enduring educator and you hold a wealth of knowledge about your child's development, what they like, what they are good at, what fascinates them. For that reason the check must be completed in partnership with you. Together you and the setting will use your shared knowledge and understanding to plan and think about how to support your child's continued development, both at the setting and in your home.
Some ideas of how to support your child's learning and development at home:
Cuddle up and read stories and share a book together
Cook and bake together
Explore the park
Sing nursery rhymes together
Talk about what you see when you are out and about
Plant and grow flowers and vegetables together
Go to the library and choose books together
Paint masterpieces together
Join in activities at your local Children's Centre
We hope you have found this information helpful and if you have any questions please see your child's Key Person.