Read how our teachers plan and record children’s learning and progress at St Mary’s Early Childhood Education Centre.
Planning children’s learning
Assessment of children’s learning and development.
Teachers assess children’s learning and development through observing them while they work and play. We use video cameras and observations, which are then used to assess children’s learning at a later time.
The assessment of children’s learning is achieved with consultation between teachers, parents and or whanau/families. Information shared tells of prior learning experiences and knowledge, what we are seeing, and how we might best support ongoing learning. This ensures that the assessment method used is based on children’s contextual cultures (different environments they live in) and provides an overall socio-cultural perspective of learning and development. Teachers plan for individual children, taking into account how children learn, what learning dispositions they have, and what learning they already come with.
The individual plans are then used to formulate group work or curriculum planning which are then posted, along with video clips (learning stories) onto ‘EDUCA’ (our centre online portfolio site). Parents and other family members can also contribute to their children’s learning by adding posts and or comments to the site.
Our teachers also record children’s learning and development in their profile books. These records include photographs, art and craft work, and observations (learning stories) linked to Te Whāriki. Learning stories can be updated by other staff, children, and parents. Children (and their parents or caregivers) can view their profile books at any time.