“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.

The Intuitive Professional

The Intuitive Professional

This chapter will:

  • Identify the key aspects of effective practitioner behaviours
  • Clarify how decisions are made by practitioners and how this impacts on the approach to pedagogy, interaction and assessment
  • Reassert the importance of informed professional judgement and explore the external pressures on this

In the first chapter of this book I briefly mentioned the nature, role and motivations of the Early Years practitioner and the impact this has on the children they work with and the future society that forms as a result. In this chapter I would like to further explore the nature of this role and the issues, considerations and challenges that Early Years practitioners face in delivering effective and principled pedagogy in the settings where they work. Turning specifically ...

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