Unit 8 Feedback

Unit 8 Observation of Children

Feedback on Progress Check

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1. The benefits of carrying out observations are that they enable adults to:
• understand more about a child’s needs
• note changes in a child’s behaviour
• get to know a child better
• assess a child’s overall development
• assess a child’s state of health
• identify any safety issues in the setting
• identify when adult intervention would be helpful
• focus on each child as an individual
• help identify links between circumstances and behaviour
• inform future planning
• identify good (and not so good) practice
• gauge the success of activities or pieces of equipment
• monitor a concern that has already been raised.
Observation is also extremely interesting!

2. An assessment programme is a formal recording by staff of a child’s progress. It begins when they join the setting and continues at regular intervals (monitoring), or as is deemed necessary. It helps staff to understand the child’s needs and enables them to provide an appropriate programme of care and education for the child.

3. Non-participant observation involves observing the child from a distance, not interacting with them or being involved in what they are doing.

4. A checklist for observing children includes the following:
• Always gain permission to carry out observations of a specific child.
• Agree a convenient time for observing with your supervisor.
• Be unobtrusive; avoid eye contact with the child you are observing, whilst remaining within a range that enables you to hear their use of language.
• Try not to catch the attention of the children in the setting.
• Be prepared – have pen, paper, charts, etc. to hand.
• Know what you are aiming to achieve: set objectives. Spontaneous? Planned?
• Try not to be drawn into the child’s activity during the observation, as this is likely to hinder your outcomes.
• Start by observing children who appear to be within the normal...