Drawn from the Early Years Foundation Stage and Communicating Matters and covers all aspects of learning in Communication, Language and Literacy (CLL). It reflects the principles of the Key Elements of Effective Practice since its use encourages practitioners to develop, demonstrate and continuously improve their practice and provision in order to improve outcomes for children. It is designed to be completed by headteachers, leaders and managers in collaboration with those responsible for early literacy in the school or setting, drawing on the experience of practitioners as appropriate. The process will help to review current practice and will also provide valuable information and evidence when undertaking self-evaluation.
Providing a rich range of early communication, language and literacy experiences and a print-rich physical environment are important factors contributing to effective practice.
The audit is organised under three key themes:
- children’s progress
- the quality of provision
- developing a professional learning community
The structure of the audit provides prompts and key questions for each theme to support the identification of strengths and areas for development. The evidence gathered will in turn lead to the prioritising of key actions.