“This book is written by one of the leading experts on assessment. It contains the deep knowledge and understanding that comes with knowing a subject inside out; but Jan Dubiel’s approach is very practical.” -Professor Tina Bruce CBE, University of Roehampton How we assess our youngest children is a vital part of early years practice. The new edition of Jan Dubiel’s bestselling book offers a clear explanation of the role of assessment in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and step-by-step guidance for those working with children from birth to five on making and recording observations in practice. Updated throughout the second edition now features: • A brand new chapter on the History of the Baseline Assessment Policy • A companion website including access to SAGE journal articles, child observation videos and examples of completed assessments • Detailed guidance on the new Integrated Health and Education check at age two This book continues to help students and practitioners develop an evidence-based understanding of assessment and an appreciation of what constitutes effective assessment in early years settings.

Why is Assessment Important?

Why is Assessment Important?

This chapter will:

  • Explore the key considerations for understanding the importance of assessment within Early Years pedagogy
  • Distinguish between and clarify the relative roles of content and process in making assessments
  • Examine the relationship between assessment and values

In the previous chapter we explored the nature and definition of assessment and attempted to deconstruct its nature or ‘essence’ and calmly separate it from the ‘mythologies’ and misconceptions that surround it. Clarity of definition, and understanding the reality, are important starting points. Different types and models of assessment were also discussed and the central, primary importance of ‘assessment for learning’ (Clarke 2001; Nutbrown and Carter 2012) as a means by which to support and enrich the lives of children was contrasted with ...

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