Observation, assessment and planning (EYFS)

The toolkit includes templates you can use to help:

  • record children's progress
  • identify next steps
  • plan to meet children's needs


Observation of the Characteristics of Effective Learning [498.0 KB] [docx]

Observation template – blank [38.7 KB] [docx]

Observation template - example [39.8 KB] [docx]

Observation template 2 – example [26.9 KB] [docx]

Observation template 2 - blank [26.5 KB] [docx]

Individual plan - annotated  [18.1 KB] [docx]

Assessment and tracking

For an overview of when and why we track and assess progress, read:

Assessment and tracking overview [46.0 KB] [docx]

Use these tools to track progress

Cohort tracking template - blank [26.0 KB] [docx]

Progress tracker template [27.7 KB] [docx] (for printing only)


Essentials of effective planning:

Planning overview [42.9 KB] [docx]

The purpose and features of continuous provision:

Continuous provision and planning [43.9 KB] [docx]

Continuous provision guidance [80.9 KB] [docx]

Plan templates

Individual plan annotated [18.1 KB] [docx]

Next steps for cohort [44.0 KB] [docx]

Planning for children aged two and under

These audits help you reflect on your practice and provision for children aged two years and under.

2-year-old audit [517.2 KB] [docx]

Under 2s audit [516.0 KB] [docx]

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