Exploring The Importance Of Observation In Young Children

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As a practitioner we are always carrying out observations on the children in our care, this will help us to recognise when children are ill or going through a tough time at home. Observations are also important because children do not always verbally communicate their feelings, being able to recognise children’s emotions based off only their body language and their interactions helps us to understand the child better and be able to provide a better service. Observations during play can help the practitioner discover the child’s interests and then they will be able to use these interests to engage the child. For example a child who has a fascination with trains may respond positively to an activity centred on trains. One downside to this technique…show more content…
In order to have these conversations with children we must first know their beliefs, expectations and ideas of how something works or why something happens. Having meaningful conversations with children can help to build self-esteem and self-worth, it makes them feel important. Observing children regularly can help the practitioner understand what the child is thinking. Any goals or possible strategies they may have, we can then use this to ask questions that support learning. For example to a child who pushes a ball down the slide, you may ask why they think the ball is rolling faster? The relation between the strategy and the goal will reveal a possible theory, a theory about how to make the desired effect occur. The theory we have for why the child is doing something even if it’s wrong, makes the child's choice of strategy sensible. All high-level conversations begin with someone speculating about the meaning of the other person's words or actions. If our speculations are wrong, the child will let us know by either correcting our misconceptions or ignoring our remarks. On the other hand, if our speculations are accurate, then we should expect an explanation from the
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