As a key part of the Welsh Government’s Early Years Developmental Assessment Framework (EYDAF), the Foundation Phase Profile (the Profile) supports assessment of children’s learning and development throughout their time in the Foundation Phase. Its main purpose is to provide a nationally consistent baseline assessment which aligns with end of Phase Outcomes. Through the use of observations and formative assessments, the Profile supports practitioners to provide a developmentally appropriate holistic curriculum for all children.
The Profile has been designed to line up with assessments carried out by health professionals and also supports early identification of possible developmental delay, Special Education Needs (SEN) or Additional Learning Needs (ALN); this will ensure support is given to children who need it. The assessments gathered on the Profile will provide useful information for all stakeholders in children’s learning and development, supporting transitions between settings and schools.
The Profile allows practitioners to assess children’s skills using observations and formative assessments and produces Outcomes expressed in four Areas of Learning. Skills should be observed across a wide range of experiences and all the Foundation Phase Areas of Learning.
The Areas of Learning in the Profile are:
- Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
- Language, Literacy and Communication Skills – revised to include the LNF
- Mathematical Development – revised to include the LNF
- Physical Development