The two year old progress check is a statutory, summative assessment tool that is used to summarise children's achievements to determine whether they are developing within their age related expectation. It is based on high-quality, on-going assessment, including contributions of parents and young people, and other professionals when needed. The check is carried out anytime during the child's second year up until they are three years of age.
The aims of the progress check are to:
The progress check must identify
If there are significant emerging concerns or an identified special educational need or disability, practitioners should develop a targeted plan to support the child’s future learning and development. Parents and/or carers and other professionals (for example, the provider’s Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or health professionals) should be involved as appropriate.
Assessing in Partnership
For any assessment of development to be meaningful and useful, a complete picture of a child should be obtained. This will best be realised when parents, the child, and all practitioners and professionals who know or have involvement with the child, participate fully in the assessment process.
The role of parents
A starting point for all assessment should be an acknowledgement that parents know their children best. This knowledge should be reflected in both on-going dialogue and in the progress check.
This on-going dialogue or sharing of regular two-way observations on learning and development with parents, leads to improve cognitive, social and emotional outcomes for children.
Parents and practitioners should reflect together on what:
Progress check at age two templates and guidance will support practitioners with completion of the statutory assessment.
The flow chart provides step by step guidance for practitioners completing the progress check at age two to work in partnerships with parents/carers and relevant health and educational professionals to identify strengths as well as any developmental delay and offer any particular support from which they think the child/family might benefit.
For further guidance refer to section 3 Know How Guide.
The Being Two Project
As part of the Being Two Project settings will receive a moderation visit, which involves a professional dialogue between the moderator, the lead for two year old provision at the Early Years Setting and the relevant Key Person.
The visit will provide a supportive platform for the setting to discuss and evidence their assessment process and show how their assessment processes meet the needs of the child.