1. Unit 7
D4 To assist you with your one to one
with placement superviser
2. What methods of observation may you use to record
• Paper work should be limited to promote successful learning and
development. You need to work in partnership with the parents or
caregivers or any relevant professionals. Tapestry is now a common form
of this as it is easily accessible for both partitions and parents.
How do these observations support the assessment of
• Practitioners observing children to assess there level of achievement
interests and learning styles. This is so the early years practitioner can see
if the child is where they should be and they can set activities in place to
help the child to achieve there development milestones.
4. Methods of observation…
• Written narratives – writing
what the child is doing in
• Filming / recording what the
children are doing at the time.
5. How observations support the
assessment of children's
Practitioners assess against the EYFS (early years foundation
stage) to plan for next steps and monitor developmental
progress. Practitioners should also share observations with
parents and any specialists that may be needed. After the
observations have been assessed, the practitioner should be
planning activities that are based on what they have gained from
the observation and the assessment of it. These activities should
be focusing mainly on things that they struggle with and
reinforcing those topics that they aren’t 100% sure on as this is
the best way to aid their progress.
6. Two year old progress check
Please refer to section 2 of the
statutory framework when quoting
this points 2.3, 2.4
7. Methods of observation
• To track a child’s progress, there any many different types of observation
you could use:
• In their natural environment- watch what they are playing with at the time
and ask questions to get an idea of what they understand. This means that
their behaviour is unlikely to change.
• Photos- to look back on and show the work they have produced. This can
then be stuck in a book or given to parents, or posted on tapestry or e-log
for parents and other practitioners within the setting to see.
• Written observation- this could be in note form, or word for word to pick
out speech difficulties such as stutters, or pronunciation.
8. The National CurriculumBy Fiona, Alice and Lauren
• Children are assessed at the end of every Key Stage
• The primary method of assessment is exams, but teachers will also
observe class participation and written work in books. They will write a
report to go home to parents at the end of the year
• Some of the various types of observations are narrative, (a written
account following 20-30 minutes of the child's day) magic moments,
(post-it notes that discuss a child’s ‘firsts’) learning stories, (based on the
child’s interests over a long period of time, written in first person) time
sample, (an observation made in five minutes) Sociogram, (observations
made based on the child’s social group) and tracking (a floor plan of the
location is made and the practitioner follows the child around the room)
• The observations bring out sustained feedback of a child’s progress,
which can be used to see where improvements have been made and
where to plan for future learning.
• Standard and attainment targets are set in each subject so that teachers
can use these to measure the child’s progress.
9. WHAT METHODS OF OBSERVATION MY BE
USED TO RECORD CHILDS PROGRESS
• Photos and videos.
• Writing of observation to parents in
• Parents comments.
• Parents can add their observations of
things they do at home.
HOW DOES THE OBSERVATION SUPPORT
THE ASSESSMENT OF THE CHILDS PROGRESS
• Observations are referenced against the
• Parents can encourage further learning
• Nursery can see what a child can do at
home and be able to develop it further.