Observing Children

Learners will explore the observation cycle and the types of observations they might choose to carry out on a child. They will, by the end of the lesson, be able to define what makes an effective observation and how it might be used to decide on a child's next developmental milestone. The lesson will also cover rules relating to observation and confidentiality. This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Learning outcomes:

Learners will learn that all children have unique qualities and needs

Learners will learn that it is important to seek permission before doing observations

Learners will learn that there are two types of assessment – formative and summative

Learners will learn that there are many factors to take into account when doing observations

Advantages of this course:

This course looks at how much information can be gleaned from observing children when looking at their stage of development and their developmental needs. Children are unique and each one develops in a different way; observation enables effective planning so that they can make progress. Observation takes place to:

To see if a child is making progress.

To check a child’s overall development.

To learn more about a child’s particular needs.

To resolve a particular problem.

To evaluate activities, routines or strategies used with children.

To inform planning.

To report to parents.

Fact-sheets are included on methods of observation, and web links to information on the development stages of children from birth to 60 months, and the Early Years Foundation Stage

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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