Progress Check at Age Two

When a child is aged between two and three, practitioners must review their progress, and provide parents and/or carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas.
The progress check at age two is a statutory assessment. Its purpose is to support the ongoing development and learning of the child, identify any emerging concerns or needs and any other professionals that may need to be involved to support the child and family.

The requirements of the check are outlined in the statutory EYFS under paragraphs 2.4, 2.5, 2.6,  and these should be read in full by all practitioners completing the check. 

The Bristol progress check at age two also includes features of integrated working. This involves dialogue with colleagues in health, social care and other external agencies working with the family to build a joined up picture of the child and family

Where possible, the progress check and the Healthy Child Programme health and development review at age two (when health visitors gather information on a child’s health and development) should inform each other and support integrated working. Providers should encourage parents and carers to share the check with their health visitor.

To support practitioners with making the Progress check at two, and following consultation with partners in education, health and social care, Bristol Early Years has developed a set of materials for good practice in making the assessment that providers may wish to use.

There is also non statutory guidance available from the DfE available Progress check at age two – Non-statutory guidance for the early years foundation stage (


Nicola Theobald, Lead for Early Years Partnerships

Kate Hubble, Early Years Improvement Officer

Kate Irvine, Early Years Improvement Officer, Early Years Consultant

Nicky Bale, Early Years Consultant

Beth Osborne, Early Years Consultant

Ali Carrington, Early Years Consultant

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