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EYFS Assessment

Reception Baseline Assessment

Within the first 6 weeks of your child starting in Reception, children participate in the Reception Baseline Assessment. This is a government statutory assessment. For more information about this assessment, please follow this link Reception Baseline Assessment Leaflet for Parents

St Thomas’ Baseline Assessment

During the first 6 weeks in Nursery and Reception, staff observe the children to understand their level of learning and development. Information received from our children’s prior settings also supports this assessment as well as information shared from parents and carers at the Meet the Teacher appointments before the children start at St Thomas.

Early Learning Goals

At the end of the Reception year teachers assess the children against the Early Learning Goals. These goals are the expected level of learning for a typical child at the end of their Reception year. Teachers must judge if a child is at the expected level or working towards in each of the 17 areas of learning. If a child is not at an expected level in an area of learning, this information is discussed with their Year 1 teacher for them to continue their development in Year 1.

The 17 areas of learning are as follows:

Communication and Language

  • Speaking
  • Listening and Attention

Physical Development

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Self Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships


  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World

  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive

For more information regarding the Early Learning Goals, click here