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Observation, assessment and planning in the early years

What are the objectives of the course?
  • To understand why observation is needed
  • To understand when to observe young children
  • To develop confidence in observation
  • To develop confidence in recording observations
  • To reflect on the ethics of observing young children
  • To involve parents in observation and documentation of children's learning and development
What is the content of the course?

The activities during the training are varied and lively to give practitioners hands on activities to keep them engaged and interested. Practitioners will get opportunities to observe from DVD footage, share observations and think about what makes a high quality observation. Experience of training a wide range of practitioners has shown this to be a highly effective way of developing practitioner understanding, confidence and skills and creating impact in a range of early years settings.
If training is delivered within a single early years setting, there is an opportunity for staff to work together to agree how to develop observation, assessment and recording in the setting. This is done through an action plan format.
If staff come from a range of settings, individual practitioners are encouraged to implement a development in their own practice e.g. develop Learning Journals, involve parents to a greater degree in observation......

What is the duration of the course?

This course can be delivered:
  • as a two day course
  • over three staff meetings, twlights or evenings (2 hours each)
  • over 3 Saturdays short courses
This course has been adapted in light of the  changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage document (DfE, 2012)

If you are interested in this course for your setting or a group or a group of settings, please contact me

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 Testimonials from previous participants

'The course was helpful and showed me how to do observations'

Practitioners from Ladybird Nursery, Birmingham

'The course was very helpful and made me more confident on observations….'

Lizzie Collins Bumble Bees Day Nursery

Hayley Roadknight Kidz Academy Day Nursery 

'Really enjoyed the training, found it very interesting'

Pauline Lane childminder

'Really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it. It was made fun and friendly. I gained that not writing so much that you can already see from the pictures…'

Stephanie Wilkes, David Gretton Nursery

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