If you are a preschool teacher in a daycare center, you probably have a progress report to fill out every few months to update parents on what their children have been working on. If you run a home-based daycare business, you will probably have to figure this kind of thing out on your own, which can be a challenge. The details can be varied, but there are several basic areas to look at in preschool aged children.

Prepare a key for your report. It should include some variation of "Acceptable Skill Level" or "Good Progress", "Working on Skill" or "Showing Improvement", and "Not Applicable".

Use your key to evaluate each child on their progress in self-reliance skills like using the bathroom without help, cleaning up their toys or putting on their coats. Choose several relevant skills to your age group and daily activities at school for the report.

Evaluate each child on their progress in practical skills or learning skills, like being able to say their own names, count, name colors or shapes, or point to basic body parts.

Use your system to evaluate how well each child listens, pays attention and responds.

Evaluate how the children work socially, including things like sharing, taking turns, working in groups and following routines.

Continue to evaluate students on gross motor skills (jumping), fine motor skills (coloring/writing) and speech skills (enunciation, vocabulary). Depending on the education focus in your preschool, you may also want to evaluate beginner math skills, beginner reading skills or beginner science skills.


  • Prepare a weight and height record for parents as well because this is often fun information for them to know.