EYFS progress check at age two: FAQs
Is there any more information about the progress check
- The progress check at two is described in Section 2 of the
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This
covers the legal requirements for the progress check.
- The Department for Education (DfE) asked the National
Children's Bureau to support the production of guidance materials
for practitioners. A Know How Guide: The EYFS
progress check at two is available
Are you providing hard copies of 'A Know How Guide: The
EYFS progress check at two?
- Sorry, no. The DfE is not producing hard copies. The material
is only available in downloadable format. Please visit the
Foundation Years website to get your copy.
Is there a standard template to use for the progress
check at two?
- No. The EYFS Framework does not require the progress
check to be completed in a prescribed or standard format. It
only specifies that information about a child's development should
be provided to parents in the prime areas of learning and
development of the EYFS: personal, social and emotional
development; physical development; and communication and
- The format of the written summary of the progress check can be
decided by Heads, managers and practitioners. The
examples in A Know How Guide: The EYFS progress check at two
are intended to stimulate ideas for how practitioners might
approach the progress check.
Where can I get blank copies of the progress checks in
the 'Know How Guide'?
- As above, the examples in A Know How Guide: The EYFS
progress check at two are examples of different approaches
already taken by practitioners when providing information to
parents. The intention is that they will be adapted to suit
the needs of each setting and its families, therefore blank copies
have not been made available.
If a two year old isn't attending an early years
setting, who does their progress check?
- The statutory requirement for a progress check at two relates
to those children who are attending early years settings.
If a two year old is not attending an early years
setting then the EYFS progress check at two is not applicable to
them. Depending on the arrangements in your local area,
children may have a Healthy Child Programme health and development
review around their second birthday.
A child is starting with us the term after their third
birthday, when they will be just over three. Do we need to do a
- There is no statutory requirement to carry out a progress check
for a child aged 36 months or over, however your setting should
comply with local authority assessment arrangements, monitor a
child's progress with parents and seek support if you have
A child who recently turned two is leaving the setting
next week and going to another setting nearby. Should
we do the progress check before they go or leave it for the new
- If a child moves between settings between 24 and 36 months,
leaders and managers of the respective settings should agree which
provider will complete the check. It will usually be
the setting where the child has spent the most time to date, so in
this instance the check would be carried out by the current
A child who has just joined our playgroup is also
spending time with a childminder in the afternoon. Who should
carry out the progress check?
- If a child is attending more than one setting, the progress
check would normally be carried out by the child's key person at
the setting where the child spends the greatest amount of time each
- In this instance, the setting, childminder and child's parents
should decide who is best placed to carry out the progress check,
according to the time spent in each setting. However, the
practitioner carrying out the progress check should gather in the
views of the practitioners working with the child at the other
setting, in order to build up a clear picture of the child.
Prepared by the NCB Early Childhood Unit, 25th