Using the revised Early Learning Goals as an effective tool for assessment

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By Emma Davis

Find out how you can best use the revised ELGs to optimise your assessment process. Two editable documents for tracking performance against the ELGs are included at the end of this page.


Made up of assessment criteria across the seven areas of learning, prime and specific, the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) form the expected end point of children’s learning and development at the end of the reception year. There are seventeen goals in total that children work towards achieving. The process of ascertaining whether a child has achieved the expected level of development in relation to the ELGs is the completion of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). This takes place in the final term of reception, usually by the last week of June.

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