Unit 1 p4
The role of observation of children’s development
We observe children’s development to know how they interact with other children and what their behaviour is like. We also observe children to monitor their development so we can identify the stage of development the child is at. To learn what good practice is and what is not. When observing children it helps us to identify any additional needs the children may have. To anticipate any problems that could occur. Note any changes in children’s behaviour like are they being bullied or doing the bullying themselves and any health problems the children has. When doing activities we observe the children’s reactions to know whether the activity or activities are a success or not. If a concern has been raised then observing that child will help monitor them over a period of time. We learn new things everyday by observation. Observing children will help you know their individual needs and how to meet them.
Observations may be formal or informal. A formal observation is one that is planned ahead and for a specific purpose. An informal observation is based on perhaps seeing a child engaged in an activity that shows a particular aspect of behaviour or development. When observing children’s physical development then you will need to focus on their move, for example their ability to co-ordinate their movements and also their locomotor and non-locomotor skills. You will also need to look at balance, spatial awareness and use of small equipment. You might choose to observe children catching and throwing a ball, climbing and balancing on climbing frames, outside while running or jumping or hopping and also when joining in parachute games. When observing children’s social and emotional development then you will need to focus on how they function on their own and with others. You will look at how they interact and at how they express their...