Assessment and planning
All children will be assessed in an ongoing fashion by their primary caregiver. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that the children allocated to them are assessed regularly and that the assessment files are regularly updated.
Individual Assessment and Planning
Each child has a cloud with their photo on it. This relates to the interpretation and ‘what next’ of the learning story that is being planned and developed.
Data collection methods will include information from parents and children, children’s artwork, photos, learning stories and photo records, videos/voice recordings and anecdotal observations.
This data will be kept in children’s profile books, which are available for parents and children to view.
Parent and child contribution and consultation
Adults, and children where possible, will be invited to share their knowledge and experiences to contribute to the data-gathering process through the parent/child’s voice.
Parents have unrestricted access to their child’s profile book and their views will be incorporated into their child’s individual programme.
Parents will have the opportunity to meet formally with their child’s primary caregiver todiscuss their child’s progress, as well as being able to have ongoing informal discussion.
The profile books include parental input, learning stories, analysis of learning stories, experiences and evaluations.
Individual learning stories are evaluated in terms of the learning outcomes. Photo records may be used to evaluate children’s learning or to inform future planning.
Children’s books will be kept on the shelves in the centre on the over two side, and by the door to the outside on the under two side, only after being signed.
Parents and children have access to their books on request. However, parents only have access to their own children’s profile books.
When children leave the centre, they will take their profile books with them.
Overall Programme Planning and Evaluation
Group and overall planning
Both under two and over two teachers plan based on the emergent curriculum. On a daily basis, the teachers document children’s interests, development and learning in the books (under two books are kept in the under two display holder and over two books are kept inside by the main door and outside in the drawers on the verandah).
Teachers follow these interests with the children and support them in their learning development. Some interests could last several days or several weeks.
The emergent curriculum can also link to the individual learning stories/ clouds. This is documented in their profile books. It is also documented in the emergent curriculum book that learning stories/written evidence have been done. These are displayed on our Emergent Curriculum board as well. Planning is guided by Te Whariki and exemplars.
Group projects are undertaken based on children’s interests and can include trips and events.