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Early Years Foundation Stage Planning

"Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development"   (pg 6  EYFS Statutory Framework).


The Ealing Early Years team have put together guidance notes and templates to help settings understand the observation, assessment and planning requirements of the EYFS. These are to be used as a guide to support the development of your own systems.

We've also published a series of  information sheets called the 'Good Practice Guidelines' designed as quick reference guides and tips for areas of learning and development in the EYFS.

The information and support materials will be amended/developed to reflect the revised EYFS- watch this space!  If you have questions or require further guidance please contact us.

Formative assessment

"On-going formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice". (p3, Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage)

Formative assessment involves observing children in everyday and planned activity, by learning from parents about what children do at home and by ensuring all those involved in the child's care contributes (observation). This information is used to identify a child's individual needs, interests and fascinations, unique stage of development and next steps for learning and development (assessment and planning)


Planned observation example 1- Revised EYFS

Planned observation example 2- Revised EYFS

Planned observation example 3- Revised EYFS



Planning is the dialogue and thought processes involved in supporting children’s learning and development. The planning form is the recording of this process. 

The following examples, to be used as a guide to support the development of your own systems, have developed from the sharing of ideas and discussion with schools and settings.

EYFS whole group short term planning 

Previous planning tools for reference. Revised EYFS planning tools to follow.

Ealing Planning Guidance Notes

EYFS All About Me - Example 1 or Example 2

Summary of Individual Needs and Interests - Example 1, Example 2 or Example 3

EYFS Short Term Planning Format - Adult led and Adult Initiated

FS1 Short Term Planning Format

FS2 Short Term Planning Format

EYFS Adult-Led / Focussed Planning Format

EYFS Adult-Initiated (Continuous Provision) Planning Format
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