Assessment for learning is the ongoing assessment of a child’s strengths and interests to inform the next stage of learning and program planning. Assessment is not used to test or rank children, but is instead to inform early childhood educators about where children are at in their learning and to identify suitable next steps.

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) identifies assessment for learning and development as a Practice Principle that is essential for planning and promoting new learning and development. Effective assessment for learning practice occurs within the Early Years Planning Cycle by supporting early childhood educators to collect and analyse evidence of children’s learning in order to inform their planning.

Assessment for learning is undertaken in a range of ways including through documenting observations and using specific tools.