All providers of education and care to children from birth to the age of five must follow the standards set in the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework.

Assessment, based on observation of children's learning and development, is an integral part of the EYFS. All early years providers must complete an EYFS profile for each child during the academic year they reach the age of five (for most children this is the reception year in primary school).

The profile describes the child's level of attainment at the end of the EYFS and identifies their learning needs for the next stage of school, helping year 1 teachers plan an effective and appropriate curriculum for the child.

We have developed a series of materials offering advice and guidance to practitioners involved in assessing, completing, recording and moderating EYFS profiles. The EYFS videos show children behaving in a variety of situations directly relevant to assessment scales and scale points.