…learning through play

Observations Policy

Practitioners need to be able to observe and respond appropriately to children. Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for 100_5797children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
This principle requires practitioners to observe children and respond appropriately to help them make progress. This is demonstrated when practitioners;


  • Make an observation and assessment of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles,
  • Use these observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for each child
  • Match their observations to the expectations of the early learning goals’


I will make regular observations on your child, using different mediums, for example, tick lists and tracker books, photographs or written observations. You are welcome to see copies of any of my observations relating to your own child. All observations are only made for personal use and will remain confidential, and given to you to keep at the end of contract.

I will require you to sign to say you have read and understood this Policy.

If you have any concerns regarding this policy please discuss them with me.


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