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What is a progress check at age two years?

Early years settings (like a day nursery, pre-school playgroup or childminder) must provide parents and carers with a short written summary of their child's development when they are aged between 24 and 36 months.

This is a statutory requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage which all registered early years providers must follow.

The summary must include information about your child's development in the three main areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • physical development

You will be asked to share your views about your child's achievements and any areas where your child may need some extra help. If there are any other professionals working with your child, they can be asked to share their views, too.

The summary will also include information on how you can help your child at home and any additional help your child may need to support their development at the setting.

With your consent, this information can be shared with health visitors so that your child can meet their potential. Health visitors will also offer a separate health and development check to all children, but can use information from your child's setting to help them. You can find out more in the 'Know How Guide' below.