When justifying your EYPP expenditure it will be important to monitor at two separate points ie a starting point and again after the intervention. There will be a range of ways that you are currently monitoring your practice as well as tracking children's progress. These can all be used as evidence of the impact of your EYPP choices. Your current formats may need revising to show the impact on this group of children or child.
Ways you may currently be reviewing your practice
- tracking cohorts or groups of children
- monitoring quality of interactions between staff and children
- monitor the types of interactions children have with staff
- how children are using different elements of the learning environment
- seeking the views od children, families and staff
- using nationally or internationally recognised tools such as ECERs, EEL, Leuven scales, SSTEW etc
- analysing which parents respond to which parental engagement strategy
- using and analysing tools from past initiatitves such as ECAT
- reports from outside professionals
- learning walks
- comments or letters from parents
All of these can also be used to evidence the difference the EYPP funding has made.
In addition to these it may also be worth thinking about the impact of the expenditure on staff as well as families as a means of justifying the decisions made.
Within the project, we used a standard format for collecting and monitoring data about children's progress. You can download the format to use and adapt for your own context.
One of the networks have been looking at how they can be less hard to reach for some parents. They have monitored which parents actually interact with the staff over a given period of time. It is important to do this so that an accurate picture can be built up. This network have been working alomgside a consultant and will re-monitor to see if there has been a difference.
Justifying your choices is a process and will be refined the more opportunities you have to do it. The means by which you do it will also be refined with time and experience. There is no prescribed way to do this and how you choose to show this impact will be determined by how the EYPP funding has been spent,