This comprehensive package of materials supports the processes of observation, recording and reporting in the early years and gives teachers, nursery nurses and others who work with young children the guidance they need for effective and sensitive evaluation of their children's progress. It has been field-tested in schools over a period of three years. The complete pack consists of two ring bound notebooks and a guide. The notebooks are designed to help teachers to structure their everyday observation of children in the classroom and their discussions with parents to build up a detailed picture of each child's accomplishments and capabilities. The guide explains the rationale behind such observation for formative assessment. It also gives detailed advice, accompanied by examples from good practice, on using the information so gathered to produce a summative report which can serve as a qualitative baseline to interpret the child's achievements at the end of Key Stage One of the National Curriculum.