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Progress from the Start

A programme which will support you in tracking children's progress and planning for their development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Progress from the Start (PFTS) is a programme which will support you in tracking children's progress and planning for their development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

There are Eight cards in the pack which offer guidance and a series of proformas for you to download. Each card has a section for leaders and managers, detailing their responsibility at each stage. Childminders may also find these useful to reflect upon and to use to help further develop their provision.

Card 1: Welcome to Progress from the Start

Card 2: Observational Assessment as Daily Practice

Card 3: Early Assessment Review

Card 4: The Child Monitoring Tool

Card 5: Documenting Children’s Learning

Card 6: Progress Summaries and Sharing Practice

Card 7: Cohort Analysis and Tracking

Card 8: Transitions

Early Assessment Review

This link gives a prompt for making observations of babies and young children at different developmental stages including; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development at 0-36 months through to Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, from 30-60 months.

Early Assessment Review

ECAT strategies to support assessment

National and local ECAT strategies and guidance to help practitioners develop the early language skills of children. This page also includes the child monitoring tool and action plan, templates and other resources.

Documenting Children’s Learning

Practitioners can use the forms below to record observations of children and track their progress in their learning and development.

EYFS Observation/Evidence Tracker proforma

Providers may want to remove the words in Italics before using / printing this proforma:

Individual Observation proforma

Group Observation proforma

My first day - Charlie

My first day - Sophie

My first week - Liam

My first day / week blank form

Listening and responding to the child's voice

Top tips for listening and responding

Best practice: listening and responding to the child's voice

Progress Summaries

The links below give you the templates, guidance notes on what should be included and examples to help you complete the progress summaries at birth to 36 months, 36 months+ and the transition to school.  

Birth to 36 months includes EYFS Progress Check at age 2

Birth - 36 months blank

Birth - 36 months guidance

Birth to 36 months example

Progress Check at age 2 example

Progress Check at age 2 blank

36 months+

36 months + blank

36 months + guidance

36 months + Example

36 months + Example

36 months + Example

Transition to school

Transition to school blank

Transition to school guidance

Transition to school Example SEN provision

Other Progress Summaries information

Useful Sentence Starters

Progress Trackers

These templates can be used in conjuntion with the Early Assessment Review information to track progress through a child's time at the setting. Guidance and support for these data collection templates and grids can be found on Cards 3, Card 6 and Card 7.

Individual Progress Tracker

Tracking Vulnerable Children Template

Tracking Vulnerable Children Grid

Cohort Progress Tracker

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you get the most of the information in this section we have split it into the following headings:

Child Monitoring Tool

Cohort Analysis and Tracker

Documenting Children's Learning

Early Assessment Review

Progress Sumaries and Sharing Progress

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