Child assessment is a vital and necessary component of all high-quality early childhood programs. Assessment is important to understand and support young children’s development. It is also essential to document and evaluate how effectively programs are meeting young children’s educational needs, in the broadest sense of this term. For assessment to occur, it must be feasible and valid.
Each child is unique and different and capable of something. The childhood days help in personality development and making them more confident to face the challenges of life. The exams at this stage create an environment for comparison between friends which is not healthy for children as they are growing. This comparison between them ruins their life. Exams are not the right way to assess a child. Child’s mind in pre-school years is playful and is distracted. The exams inhibit the children from enjoying their childhood by creating a state of fear and tension.
At EuroKids, Vastrapur and Paldi, assessment is a continuous process. We use informal tools for an assessment of observation, games, individual and group interaction with the child, teachers’ and parents’ ratings etc. The purpose of assessment for a preschool is to identify children’s skills, abilities and needs, monitor and improve the teaching-learning process and meet the individual needs of children. Apart from assessing the physical, cognitive, language, mathematical and personal, social and emotional skills of children we also assess the Executive Function Skills- the life skills. The assessment gives the teachers and parents a comprehensive idea of the child’s development and progress. Since these assessments are continuous and spread over a considerable period, they are a reliable way of mapping a child’s development status. Also, they are a better guide to plan and/or change activities and lesson plans to better suit the needs of the children.
Continuous, planned assessments ensure a happy learning environment where children can express themselves freely without any pressure of being judged. They can thrive in the informal atmosphere. They are secure in the knowledge that each of their effort and work is celebrated and appreciated.