Making WOW Observations in Your Early Years Setting

Wow observations are the recorded observations of a child’s development by a nursery nurse or an early year’s practitioner.

These observations tend to be short and are updated regularly to track the child’s overall development at every stage of its growth.

Observances in the initial ages are one of the most influential instruments you have for knowing the children that you care about. Making observations of a toddler is quite an enjoyable thing, but doing it regularly as an assignment could be a burden sometimes.

According to EYFS (Early years foundation Stage), From the time the child takes birth till the attainment of 5 years, This is an extremely significant phase as it assists your child get prepared for school, training them for their learning and successes. Their initial years’ experience should be cheerful, dynamic, thrilling, delightful, and safe; and also fulfilling their growth, care, and wisdom needs.

As a parent or early year practitioner, you play a key role in the child’s life. All the entertaining actions that you accomplish with your kid at the house or care centre are essential in helping them to get education, growth and have a prolonged influence on a child’s learning aspects as they proceed to school.

The trouble with the beginning is that despite the fact that they’re short to note, you must possess deep wisdom of child maturation, the children you are monitoring, and an understanding of the nature of their play and behaviour before you take note of. This demands plenty of training and understanding to do pleasingly.

It is considerably more reasonable to commence with a lengthy observation, which details all that you experience and every sound that you listen to.

Progressive Observation:

These are the quickest observances that you can produce. They are generally taken down on small pieces of paper, which can be instantly glued onto a journey or child’s progression file. This is the swiftest mode to document an observation and it is the most appropriate for practitioners, who often carry bundles of notebooks and folders. Practitioners must record anything that is a ‘foremost’ thing they do.

Example: The first time a child walks without any assistance or the first time a child uttering the words and also everything special to that child. 

Practitioners who understand their children nicely will be capable to write anything uncommon regarding the child’s action at that instant. This sort of observance seeks to create an image of children’s attractions and growth from numerous portions of facts.

These observations mostly include:

  • Fresh talents that the child shows that hasn’t existed in earlier observations
  • The wisdom which produces over mastery or proficiency
  • Attractions that the child displays
  • The way of depicting the traits of practical knowledge in their actions.

Descriptive Observations:

The descriptive observations occasionally referred to as ‘lengthy’ observations, is a comprehensive noted narrative of action. It contains a form of the wording used by the child, status of indulgence, and also contains a photograph. Ultimately, a person should document a clear observation. The practitioner usually minds the child for about 30minutes or more, so as many details as feasible can be registered. Since this procedure takes much prolonged time, it is not used oftentimes.

  • Make use of Day-to-day sheets. These are reports that nursery nurses use to record observations on every child in a day.

Timely Observations:

In this observation, a record of a child is taken at five minutes of instance a set duration of time, till one hour. The observations are short but will contain the activity the child is immersed in, which extent of the nursery and the immersion at that specific period of time. The practitioner will require being capable of making the observations instantaneously, which can turn out to be a burden. But, this sort of observation is extremely valid for documenting a child’s curiosity in a variety of activities. 

Example: A child spending an hour in different activities or a child that never engages in any activity.

  • For this kind of child, implement a few more activities that may help in catching the child’s interest.
  • Many factors can affect a child’s routine at any point in time. Fatigue, thirst, boredom, sleepy, annoyed, hungry, and many other emotions can affect a child displaying the skills they have known at the time of inspection. Make sure that they were not driven out by those factors.

Story format:

Discovering stories are more extended observations, created over a lengthier time. They are established over the child’s appeals, their status of indulgence, perseverance, interactions, and handling the duty. They are documented as a story as if the practitioner were conversing with the child and describing what they had watched.

Example: It may be an illustrative description of how a child got out its rings stacking toy, chose a particular size of the ring, and carefully stacked on to its stick. Each phase is described and imaged at the ending of the ‘story’. These are presented with pictures. To work on this more, you can:

  • Capture the photographs of the children as soon as you notice them doing something new.
  • Note down the deeds of children in short forms, later you can elaborate and knit them into the story.
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Stalking observations:

To document a Stalking observation you must first have an agenda of the scene, also making use of the outside area. The practitioner keeps an eye on the child and takes notes of the activity of the child in the nursery or day-care that their child visiting and how much time they were spending at each movement or place. The child may be stalked for a long or short time, relying on the sort of data needed. The observations may indicate the child is carrying toys from one region of the nursery to another region.

The quest observations of the children can be collected to interpret the places of the nursery that are utilized by particular batches of children. 

Example: Boys are always playing in car zones and girls are using the Dollhouse area.

  • Identify the learning method that the child is involved in
  • Execute the learning of the kid to get the best out of the rest.
  • Ask them few questions, this will help the child deliver their logic and opinions.
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It’s necessary to recognize that observation is not just a small task. Its objective is to deliver details and facts, such as the subsequent measures that aids in judgment for plotting the setting, so that we are capable of finding out the child’s understanding process fast. The perceptions that observations give, such as the child’s curiosities, talent advancement, or obstacles in learning are essential for establishing a condition that images the individual child’s understanding necessities.

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