Observation, Assessment and Planning

EYFS Profile

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Assessment at the end of the EYFS – The EYFS Profile

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The statutory EYFS framework requires the EYFS profile assessment to be carried out in the final term of the year in which a child reaches age 5.

The EYFS profile is made up of an assessment of the child’s outcomes in relation to the 17 early learning goal (ELG) descriptors. Practitioners are expected to use their professional judgement to make these assessments, based on their knowledge and understanding of what the child knows, understands, and can do.

The main purpose of the profile assessment, at the end of the EYFS, is to support a successful transition to Key Stage 1 (KS1), by informing the professional dialogue between EYFS and year 1 teachers. 

The EYFS profile is also used to inform parents about their child’s development. Children are defined as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level for the ELGs in the prime areas of learning and the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.

In addition, the EYFS profile provides a national child learning and development data set at the end of the EYFS.

The EYFS profile is not an accountability measure for schools and the Department for Education (DfE), does not publish school level results for the EYFS profile.