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IOE researchers develop database for early years measures

1 December 2017

A database developed by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been launched featuring sets of measures for young children, covering a variety of environments.

Man with child in nursery

As part of a wider suite of projects by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to close gaps in attainment and disadvantage between pupils in the nursery and reception years or Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the IOE was commissioned to carry out a review of measures to assess 0-6 year old children in England.

Professor Julie Dockrell led a team of researchers through a two stage review of measures, defining the following developmental domains:

  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Social-emotional development
  • Omnibus measures
  • Home environment
  • Early years learning environment

After a robust evaluation of the reliability and validity of 146 measures, this was shortlisted to 46 in order to form the database.

Professor Dockrell said:

"Developing the database has proved to be an excellent example of collaboration between the EEF and the IOE. The database will allow teachers, researchers and students to make informed decisions about the assessment tools they choose to use."

The database is being launched as a first version and further updates will take place based on user feedback and as more is learnt about the best approaches to evaluating outcomes in the early years.


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