EYFS Trackers


The demand for Trackers has been sensational … we’ve sold over 17,000 copies!!

Just beginning to catch up with other things I’d promised – like providing some real examples of completed pages on the website for people to have a look at. A nursery (Horn End) has kindly done this and you can see these now on the Trackers main page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the link ‘example of completed pages’.

Colin at QEd Publications

Trackers for the new EYFS Framework


Now available

You will be well aware that the new EYFS Framework has been published. We have a new version of Trackers to help you observe and record children’s progress throughout the five years of the EYFS.

What’s in the new Trackers?

  • Familiar format … it is very similar to Trackers Plus.
  • Alongside the development matters statements we have added more examples and prompts to help you.
  • More space for your observation and assessment comments, and a box for your progress and planning notes.
  • An EYFS Progress Check for 2 year-olds sheet at the end of the Prime areas of learning.
  • An EYFS Transition report (at 5 years) at the end of the Specific areas of learning.
  • Online examples of completed Progress Check sheets.
  • Downloadable Progress check sheets (in Word format) if you want them separately (you could add your own logo, for example).

For more details and sample sheets, click here

Colin at QED Publications

Trackers for the new EYFS framework


We have completed our 1st draft of the new Trackers and are trying it out in some nursery settings. I’ve also asked a few childminders to have a look at it and give me some feedback. All good so far.

We will notify people via this blog, email and regular post as soon as it is ready. If you want to be on the email list, email trackers@qed.uk.com

Colin at QEd Publications

New EYFS Framework Published


It’s happened! More details on the DFE website here http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00205838/eyfsframework

We are already working on revising our Trackers

Colin at QEd Publications

New EYFS Framework


It’s due any day now … I’ve been trying to find out exactly when but the DFE are being very tight-lipped. Watch this space …

Colin at QEd Publications

EYFS and Trackers


Lots of customers are contacting me to ask about the changes to the EYFS and what we’re doing about Trackers.

As soon as we know exactly what the changes are (late March or early April, we’re told) we will start working on a revised version of Trackers. Once we’ve got a draft ready we will trial it in a few nurseries and childminder settings. We’ll then tweak it till we think it’s ready and send it to the printers.

We will mail all our customers to let them know when it will be available – those of you who have supplied email addresses or subscribed to our email list will be notified that way.

We can’t say exactly when they’ll be ready because a lot depends on when the government publishes the new guidance, but they will be ready in the early summer and in good time for September.

Hope that helps.

Colin at QEd Publications



As you probably know, the Government has been holding a consultation exercise on a draft version of the EYFS framework. 

The Government will review the feedback and draw up a final version of the framework. It will be published in March 2012 and become statutory guidance with effect from September 2012.

What’s the focus?

The consultation has focused on 3 main areas: Learning and Development; Assessment; and Welfare.

Learning and Development: The things that jump out at me include the following … 

There’s quite a bit about school ‘readiness’ … which all seems a little too subjective.  

Is the Reception year part of the EYFS or not?  This is not at all clear. 

Whereas the current framework is quite specific about ages and stages, there are phrases like ‘the older age range’ that is all a bit vague (although that may be a good thing … there was a danger of getting really hung up about ages and stages).

Obviously the big change is in the number of learning goals and the emphasis shifting to the prime areas (PSE, Physical Development, and Communication and Language).

Those working with the Under 3s … it’s not really clear what their responsibilities are in the area of learning and development … well that’s how it came across to me. A bit puzzling.


Paperwork … paperwork – formative (ongoing) assessment and how to keep it both manageable and useful. That’s what we at QEd Publications try and do.

Early identification of special educational needs and support is highlighted.

With regard to monitoring the progress children are making, what do you think about the use of terms like ’emerging’, ‘expected’ and ‘exceeding’?

For those of you working with children under 3, you will be expected to provide a written summary of sorts of each child’s development for parents/carers.

Safeguarding and Welfare
There’s a fair amount about qualifications and staff training although not as much emphasis as there was in the Tickell review … is that a good or a bad thing?
I must confess, I glossed over a lot of this as my interest is more in the learning and development and assessment side of things. 
As ever, we will continue to watch how things develop and will keep you up-to-date as best we can. 
As far as our Trackers are concerned, we will produce a new version after the Government publishes its final version in March.

So what now with the EYFS?


I think we’d all hoped that we’d get some sort of steer from the Government around now about any changes to the EYFS following the Review. Well it seems that’s not the case. In an article in Who Minds magazine we are told that the Government has launched a consultation on the proposed changes made in the review. If you want to have your say go to http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1747&external=no&menu=1

The Government’s view is that:

  • the EYFS has had a positive overall impact on children in early years settings
  • the EYFS should be retained as a framework
  • more needs to be done to identify children who need extra help
  • some aspects of the EYFS are seen as burdensome and should be simplified

The closing date for the consultation is 30 September. The results of the consultation will be published in the autumn. The new version of the EYFS will be made available in Spring 2012 and will be implemented from September 2012.

So until then … it’s the status quo.

Colin at QEd Publications

EYFS review: what’s happening?


It would be nice to know what’s happening following the review … and when we are likely to know.

I’ve been browsing through the review documentation.  Although I have referred to some of these items  before, I include a few more snippets (I understand them a bit better).

The Areas of Learning are divided into Prime Areas and Specific Areas

Prime Areas – Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development

Specific Areas – Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; Expressive arts and design.

The idea is that these will link into the primary curriculum a bit better.

There are real concerns about communication and language – so many difficulties come from this …. not just poor literacy, but behaviour problems which in turn have an impact on so many areas of education.  So, I think we can expect a lot of focus on this … and quite right too.  I never quite grasped just how important this area was until I worked on some publications with some speech and language therapists (Active Listening for Active Learning, Helping Children Hang on to your Every Word, and Stories for Talking). Even though I come from a teaching background while working on these books I kept thinking “I wish I’d known that … I wish I’d tried that … what a difference it would make if every educator in the country was following this”.

And finally … there is likely to be reduced paperwork. Really???  We live in an age where we are required to record everything … it has become part of our psyche. So, we’ll see … sometime.

Colin at QEd Publications

EYFS Review


It’s big news … it even made the main morning news on BBC Breakfast. We’ve all been wondering what to expect, so here is a flavour of what I’ve picked up on.

Remember, these are recommendations.  The Government now has a look at these and will respond in the summer.  Any changes will come in Autumn 2012 at the earliest.

  • Currently, there are 69 Early Learning Goals – they are going to be cut to 17.  This is because there is some overlap between the ELGs.
  • There will be a focus on three main Areas of Learning: communication and language;  personal, social and emotional development;  physical development.  Communication and language seems to be highlighted.
  • There will be another four Areas of Learning (so one more) – they are expressive arts and design, literacy, mathematics and understanding the world.
  • The feeling is that the EYFS has been a success and they want it to remain mandatory.
  • Early years practitioners will carry out a child development check with children between 24 and 36 months of age.  There will be a slimmed down EYFS Profile which will include a check against the Early Learning Goals, to see whether children’s development is emerging (below expectation);  expected (in line with where you would expect a child to be at the age of five);  or exceeding (working beyond the expected level).

As ever, the devil will be in the detail and we look forward to seeing that.

Will keep you posted.

Colin at QEd Publications