Recording children’s development

Nursery staff carry out regular observations of every child in our care, using the information gathered to plan activities which support your child’s needs and interests. These observations cover all areas of development within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as well as recording special moments or your child’s response to activities. The observations are recorded in your child’s learning journey, a document which highlights your child’s development and provides you with a record of your child’s time at nursery for many years to come.


Your child’s learning journey:


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of what your child has achieved at the nursery
  • Is made up of a series of observations that the staff have made during a range of activities

  • Includes a summary sheet  which reflects your child's age and stage development. This will have been highlighted to show what has already been achieved in relation to the three primes and four specific areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). They are:
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    • Physical Development

    • Communication and Language

    • Literacy 

    • Mathematics

    • Understanding of the World

    • Expressive Arts and Design



Observing your child


If you would like to contribute to your child’s learning journey you can record your own observations. When you see something that they have not done before, or you think is an achievement for them, you can record it as an observation. If you would like to support the development of your child in this way, please ask your  key person for a copy of their development overview sheet and some white sticky labels!


You record what you have seen using a white sticky label, date it and initial it. If you use the actual words said, use speech marks. It is worth keeping sticky labels to hand so you can record all those small achievements that take place!




Next Steps…


Many of the statements identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be achieved naturally as the children develop and these will be recorded through observation. Your child’s key person will also have identified two or three developmental targets that are appropriate to your child’s age and stage of development. These are recorded in the next steps section of the learning journey.