What Practitioners Need to Know About Early Childhood Assessment

The early childhood period helps lay the foundation for future learning and sets students on the path to academic success. It is essential to use assessments to measure children’s effectiveness in mastering the skills and ideas presented to them. This article will discuss what parents and educators think about assess young children.

What is the evaluation?

Assessment is the means of collecting information and data to make decisions about young children. When applied skillfully and multidisciplinary, this process is correct and based on the daily demands or tasks of childhood.

The best rating system is understandable. The assessment produces information on all areas of development: linguistic, motor, cognitive, etc.

Is the assessment the same or different from a test?

A test is a possible source of assessment to measure learning skills, knowledge, development, abilities, etc. Assessment is a process where information is converted to make decisions about children.

What assessment methods are best for infants and toddlers? Preschoolers? School-age children?

Various assessment methods address all areas of early childhood education. But, observation is the most recommended.

Infants and toddlers:

The most applicable assessment method for this category of people is observation. Knowing the child, past experiences with other children, and knowledge of infant/toddler development allows guardians to review and modify their plan of action.


The best recommended method of assessment for preschoolers is observation. Informed observation includes child development, academic goals, and expected learning outcomes.

School-age children:

The method of assessment most applicable to school-aged children is first observation and then the potential use of test instruments.

How should you use your knowledge of child development in an assessment?

Educators should use their knowledge of child development to compare the details of the assessment with the average child’s development and their past experiences with children.

What should parents, principals and others know about assessment?

It is important to recognize that each stakeholder – parents, principals or others – has different evaluation needs. Parents, for example, always want to know about their children’s learning development. They also seek out informed opinions shared by their children’s caregivers and educators through formal and informal conversations and reports. Educators and specialists need to be aware of this information to ensure the proper functioning of programs for their children. Trustees and legislators need to be held accountable for the development of the children in the group and know what works and what doesn’t in their policies.

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