Catching Them at It!: Assessment in the Early Years

Author(s): Sally Featherstone

Education Theory

Fully updated to match the revised EYFS Framework, this book takes practitioners step-by-step through the assessment process. It explains the terminology involved, demonstrates how to turn 'observation' into 'assessment', and sets out how to manage and interpret all the information you have gathered. Making assessment enjoyable, manageable and useful, Catching Them At It! is full of practical ideas and research-based advice. Including helpful checklists and thorough explanations of methods and terminology throughout, this book is an essential resource for all early years bookshelves.


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Practitioners are still uncertain of exactly how to manage assessment. This book takes them through the process step by step. It explains the terminology, shows them how to turn observation into assessment and in the final chapter sets out how to manage and interpret all the information they have gathered.

'This is a great read for early years practitioners and students alike...Overall, Catching them at it! was a real winner!' Practical Pre-school (May 2011) 'This book is split into ten sections which take practitioners though all aspects of assessment, explaining the methods, terminology and purposes of different types of assessment...includes important guidance on how to include children and parents in the process' Nursery World (May 2011) "The author uses her experience - gained through many years of working within the early years sector - to articulate the history and context of the development of observational assessment and assessment for learning, largely in England." Early Years Update Magazine (June 2011) "It is a book that makes assessment enjoyable, manageable and useful, with its tried and tested practical examples, checklists, ideas and research-based advice. It is without doubt, the best book I have read about assessment this year." Early Years Educator

Sally Featherstone has a wealth of experience as a teacher, head teacher and a local authority advisor and inspector. In recent years, alongside her activities in publishing, Sally has continued to build a national reputation as a trainer and consultant in the Primary and Early Years field.

General Fields

  • : 9781472904744
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Featherstone Education
  • : 0.267
  • : August 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sally Featherstone
  • : Paperback
  • : 152