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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.

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)

All about me- learning from parents 

Example all about me 


Planned observation example 1

Planned observation example 2

Planned observation example 3

Spontaneous observation example 


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.

Summary of Individual Needs and Interests 

Individual planning example 1

Individual planning example 2

Planning for a group

EYFS whole group short term planning example 

EYFS Adult-Initiated (Continuous Provision) Planning Format
London Borough of Ealing