Child Development

Observations need to be made over time in different situations and at different times of day to cover the breadth of learning opportunities provided.
In my setting we observe children using different methods, the most common observation the written down one, we also us ‘wow’ moments, digital photographs, involvement scale, samples of children’s work and recording. These observations will then be put into the child’s learning journey to share with the child, parents and other staff.
‘Different types of observations will result in different kinds of evidence. Taken altogether, these will result in rich evidence about learning. Using a mix of observation methods and a variety of situations to observe is the best way of ensuring you have an effective record keeping and planning process to supporting the children’s learning.’
(Supporting every child’s learning 2007 p. 45)

This assignment is based on the results of three previous observations I have carried out on the same child. Each of the three observations was in a different area of development within different areas of my setting including an outdoor activity. The child I observed in all three areas is Leighton (named changed to protect identity) he is three years 6 months old at the time of these observations. He attends the Nursery class of an Early Years foundation Unit five mornings a week 8:45 am till 12:15 pm. At the time of the observations Leighton was in his first term of Nursery. He lives with his mum and dad and has a younger sister. Dad is unemployed and Mum works full time in a Private Nursery in which Leighton had attended from an early age, but thought, now he had turned three years old, it would be best for him and her for Leighton to attend a different setting.

Working for 17 years in childcare, I have witnessed many children’s reactions to their parents/carers dropping them off at Nursery/school each morning. Why is it that some children can happily begin to play and confidently wave...