Observation 6-11 Months

Observation 6-10 Months
Amanda Moore
San Diego State University
CFD 565
October 9, 2014

Observation 6-10 Months
The site where the observation took place is at the YMCA in Rancho San Diego. The child I observed is a nine month old male infant named Roman. Roman was born on February 12th 2014 and weighed eight pounds, four ounces (stated by mother Anna).   Roman’s mom Anna works part time in the mornings, and Roman is watched by his grandma during the day while mom is at work. Roman has two older siblings. Ryker who is five years old, and Reagan who is three years old. Both siblings are in school during the daytime hours. Roman’s family visits the YMCA in the afternoon after mom picks up the children. The family are regulars at the YMCA and well known by the staff. I have personally known this family since the middle sibling Reagan was a baby herself.   Roman’s father works all day, but spends time with the children on the weekends. Roman’s family loves to go on family outings together, and has annual passes to Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and LEGOLAND. Roman’s family is very involved in YMCA programs. Ryker is on a youth basketball team, and Reagan does gymnastics and art at the YMCA.  
The observation itself took place at the childwatch program of the YMCA. Childwatch is a service that cares for the member’s children while the member’s use the facility. There are two different rooms for the children. A room for infants and toddlers ranging from 6 weeks to 18 months, and a room for 19 months to 9 years of age. During the span of two hour’s staff interact with the children doing activities such as crafts, music and movement, large muscle games, playground time, and free play.   Roman stays in the infant room, while his siblings play in the childwatch room. The infant room has a 1:4 teacher child ratio, with two staff in the room at all times. I observed Roman on Wednesday afternoon. The afternoons are less busy than the mornings in the infant room so the ratio...