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Nimisha Patel
Student Number UKDLP1402
UNIT 4 – Health and Well being
Postal Address:
Ms Nimisha Patel

4.1 explore the importance of observation.
The reasons as to why observation is important lie in the details of the observation written. Observation allow staff to see a child as a whole person this is otherwise known as [Holistic Development] there are many factors to consider when writing up an observation, factors such as a child’s behaviour when asked to complete the task, to note down any strength or weakness a child might have, for example an child at the age of 4 who is unable to grasp an pencil in chosen hand.
Another reason as to why observation are important is because it allow us to understand why children react the way they do. Observations. Also allows nursery practionors to assess the child age and stage. Of development as well as aiding nursery practionors to do shorter to medium term planning which is then built around the child interest and their ability to carry out such planned activities. This then aid’s the key workers on how to develop activites that will both help the child to enhance and develop skills gained .Below is an example of how observations based on children/ toddlers babies pre- scholars help key worker and other staff understand a child’s particular behaviour, an example of this would be a child who at the age of four is unable to grasp a pencil and is slowly learning how to hold a pencil by first learning how to hold a jumbo crayon and later on slowly but gradually learns how to grasp a pencil in chosen hand using three fingers. It is through many observation that a nursery practionors soon learn where their key children are in the learning development and in particular what areas a of development the children need more practice in.
Below is an example of a short observation when written up.
I.e. when a child is trying to put on their shoes, the adult when observing this act has to look at whether the child is able to put their shoes on the correct feet and whether the child has developed the skills of being able to grasp [pincer grip] a zipper or strap on and is able to fasten up own shoes independently. This is then cross referenced against the eyfs and field under the area of development where it is best suited [this particular observation refracted against the eyfs fall under physical development Health and self care 30-50 months spectrum
4.2 List the main ways observation can be reordered There are many ways to carry out an observation the most commonly used amongst nursery practionors are written observation and photographic observation, another way to carry out an observation is by using media equipment such video recorder and a voice recorder .
A written observation is a document that can be written in two formats a short observation. Which is a brief outline of what a nursery practionors has seen and heard first hand, and a long observation which is more detailed description of what the nursery practionors has seen and heard? This is then used and stored in which is communally known as an child learning journey- which is one of the first documents used to record an child’s development at the start of their learning profiles,[ nursery education.]
Written observation- the best time of day to carry out a written observation is when the children are enjoying the freedom of playing independently or as part of a group. This is when the children are free to express how they express through a variety of ways through physical play or expressive arts.
A recent example of this would be when I took out a group of toddlers to play in the nursery garden to play amongst the older children who they be joining shortly one child who I will call “x”was playing in the garden independently running around when the child had noticed that one of x is friends was being lead away by