When each child starts at our setting we carry out a baseline assessment of each child through observations, conversations with parents and the parent completed questionnaire.

We observe children frequently within their sessions with us and also during our 1:1 time with their key worker. These form part of the assessments that are carried out throughout the year to check the children’s development and their achievement of the areas of learning.

Assessments are carried out 3 times a year with parental communication each time. At Christmas we hold phone calls with parents to discuss how their children have settled in and if anything is highlighted within the first assessment. The second assessment is completed in Easter term which is followed by parents evenings . The final assessment  is completed in the summer term where a report is given to parents and to state where their learning is.

Age 2 progress check

Following the Early Years Foundation stage requires us to supply parents with a summary of the child’s development between 24-36 months. The assessment looks at the child’s development in the 3 prime areas of learning- personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language. 


Each child has an individual record recording their learning achievements. The record consists of written observations and photographs stored electronically on a specifically written Early Years system called Tapestry. Parents can safely view this using their password.  This helps us to build up a picture of your child, their learning style and the activities, which will extend their development. 

Tapestry is used as a communication tool between parents and staff and we encourage parents to share comments and their own observations from time with their children. 

Tapestry photo permission forms are attached to the welcome pack which need to be returned for when your child starts.

Parental Involvement

Hanborough Pre School prides itself on the communication with parents/carers. Working alongside parents ensures that each child reaches their full potential. Communication in person and on Tapestry in encouraged to ensure that knowledge is being exchanged regarding the needs of the child.

Parents are encouraged to help with fundraising events throughout the year where possible. We encourage parents to share their own special interests with the children such as their occupation or hobbies too.