Assessment = Getting to Know Children
Early childhood has historically used informal assessments in the form of naturalistic observations and anecdotal records. Current recommendations from the field and professional literature indicate the need for assessment systems that use ongoing, multiple methods for gathering information. Kidz Go Eco performs assessments, which are a continuous process that is an integral aspect of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on the specific purposes for which assessments are conducted.
In one way or another, all early childhood assessments involve a process of gathering information about children in an attempt to better understand and support learning and development. It is more accurate to say that we at Kidz Go Eco assess young children’s behaviors, skills, competencies, preferences, and interactions than to say that we assess children.
Assessment results can describe some informative details of what youngsters know and can do, but can never fully portray who they are as individuals. Meaningful assessment involves thoughtful choices on the part of professionals among the many purposes, types, methods, and instruments available to assist us in getting to know more about young children.
The compendium of assessment instruments included addresses the following areas of development and learning. The following are among the most important that Kidz Go Eco addresses while performing assessments on each child.
- Approaches to Learning
- Communication & Language
- Sensory Function