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How to access summative assessment templates:

1st template: option 1: 

2nd template: option 2:

3rd template: option 3: use emerging learning journey to complete this


Summative assessment–What does it mean?

The Term summative describes an assessment process that ‘sums up’ what a child has learnt over a period of time by reviewing all means of documentation gathered over time from a range of sources. These processes bring together information about what the child knows, has learnt and has understood through the last 6 months, and what the child can do in relation to the required Framework (EYLF, VEYLDF) Learning Outcomes. It is also looking at what further support the child requires through their learning development. The documentation you collect such as photos, videos, observations, learning stories, children's work, parent input and more will be and should be used as evidence to create each child’s summative assessment. 

The Educators’ Guide to the EYLF (DEEWR, 2010) refers to assessment as:

... an ongoing process of using observations or evidence to make judgements about children’s learning and educators’ pedagogy. Assessment includes interpreting children’s learning against learning outcomes in order to plan for further learning and to report to parents and others about children’s learning (p. 37).

Principle 5 in the EYLF, reminds us that reflective practice is essential. Reflection is particularly important in a summative assessment, as we as professionals question what we know about the child, how we interpret and analyse the information collected and we reflect on what  the child's learning and development is telling us. Involving other Educators, families and the child in the process adds different perspectives that lead to a deeper understanding of progress, and also displays the rich learning development the child is wanting and has been achieving.


Assessment helps us to:

  • Celebrate the strengths, interests, learning and development of each child.
  • Acknowledge cultural backgrounds.
  • Notice if there are gaps in our knowledge.
  • Notice if there are any social and/or learning needs that the child requires further support with.
  • Discuss progress with families and children in a respectful way.
  • Plan to further support each child’s learning and development.
  • Meet the requirements of the National Regulations, Rights of the Child and the National Quality Standard (NQS).

When writing a summative assessment, it should:

  • Emphasise the child’s strengths and make their learning visible in an understandable way. 
  • Draw on the family’s knowledge about their child so that the documentation reflects the child’s home and Early learning environment. 
  • Be free from bias and any negative language written, be inclusive and mindful. 
  • Ensure it is written clearly, and easy-to-understand.
  • Language that makes sense to families
  • Reflect the knowledge of the child’s social or cultural background
  • Summative assessments are to be done in June and Late Nov/Early December, so that over time, educators gain a complete and holistic picture of each child’s progress in relation to the Learning Outcomes and deliver that in a meaningful way.


Approved Frameworks:



UN Rights of the Child 

Child Safe Standards 


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