The material in these professional development meetings (PDMs) is intended to support quality improvement on the theme of early assessment. The aim of the PDMs is to enable Early Years consultants (EYCs) to help practitioners identify children’s starting points and their next steps in learning. These suggestions for continuing professional development (CPD) will need to be tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants.

These PDMs build on the sessions presented at the National Strategies summer 2009 EYC events, in reviewing and enhancing young children’s development. They are designed to support EYCs, leaders and managers in promoting effective practice in settings to ensure that all children make the progress to which they are entitled throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Facilitators may wish to extend the PDMs as part of a rolling programme of professional development. The PDMs are intended to develop the skills and confidence of EYCs, leaders and managers in monitoring children’s progress.

These PDMs are part of a suite of materials; refer to page 30 of the Early Years Quality Improvement Support Programme (QISP), reference: 00669-2008BKT-EN, for further details about PDMs and CPD.


  • Handout 1: Training presentation and notes
  • Handout 2: Progress Matters – implementation
  • Handout 3: Learning log
  • Handout 4: Action plan
  • Handout 5: Training presentation and notes
  • Handout 6: Example progress summary form