Barnsley Early Start and Family Services

Statutory assessments

Assessments are an important part of helping parents, carers and practitioners recognise a child's progress, understand their needs, and plan activities and support.

There are two statutory assessment points in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): 

  • two year progress check

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)
    This is the assessment at the end of the EYFS.

For more information on statutory assessments

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Two year progress check

When a child is aged between two and three, practitioners must review their progress and provide parents or carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas. This progress check needs to identify the child’s strengths and any areas where the child’s progress is less than expected for their age.

You can use our two year progress check template together with the practitioner guidance and flowchart to help you complete this assessment.


In the final term of the year when the child reaches age 5, and no later than 30 June in that term, the EYFSP must be completed for each child. It provides parents, carers, practitioners and teachers with an all-round picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their progress against expected levels, and their readiness for Year 1.

The profile reflects ongoing observation, the records held by the setting, discussions with parents and carers, and any other adults whom the teacher, parent or carer thinks can offer a useful contribution.

You can read the guidance provided for schools, nurseries, childminders, local authorities and governing bodies responsible for assessing the EYFSP for children aged 5 and under on GOV.UK.

Our role

We have a statutory duty to make sure that all early learning goals are moderated every year in a 25% sample of our schools.

We provide:

  • guidance and quality assurance on 2 year progress checks, and reviews if required
  • moderation training and support
  • moderation meetings and visits
  • quality assurance of data
  • tracking tools

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