Early Years Assessment Strategy (Ages 2.6-5.6)
We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills in order to fulfill their potential. The curriculum in Early Years is based on the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), which provides a framework for the education of children from birth to 5 years old. There are three prime areas: Communication, and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social, and Emotional Development. When the children are confident in these three prime areas they then move on to the specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
What we look for in our Entrance Assessments
In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 the child, along with one parent, will attend the assessment arranged within a small group of other applicants. The different styles and tests are used to ensure the child is ready and at the correct level for learning within MCE. Head of Early Years at this stage will make the decision to accept or decline an application and the recommendation is passed to the Headmaster for approval.
We are looking at the whole child in Early Years, seeking to search for their potential. Their likely attitude to learning and their ability to listen and follow instructions. An inquisitive mind demonstrated through our observations of their play individually and socially within a small group. We look for their cognitive ability through analysing their drawings, talking to them, and observing their ability to complete age-appropriate puzzles. We look for a determination to succeed in problem-solving and an ability to approach things creatively. We consider their peer group and how they will contribute to the wider life of the College.
Due to the volume of applicants for Early Years, meetings with the assessors will not be set up to discuss assessment outcomes, however, feedback on areas of weakness as indicated on the test will be provided upon requests. Requests can be sent to the admissions department [email protected]. Feedback on your requests will be processed within a week of receiving it.