Observations Carried out on Children Should Be Objective

1398 Words Jun 18th, 2018 6 Pages
All observations that are carried out on children should be ‘objective’. According to the Oxford online dictionary objective means that a person or their judgement should not be influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts – in other words, the observations should be unbiased. You should always be non-judgemental about the child and base your observation from only what you have seen on that specific day, not taking any past events into consideration – it is important that all children are treated fairly and equally to make the observation valid (based on the truth – Collins English dictionary) it is essential to make observations valid to increase objectivity.
The opposite of objective is subjective.
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In some pictures some people may even notice things in the pictures that other people do not – this shows that everyone has a different perception.

Another thing to consider when observing children are the ethical issues. Every setting will have ethical protocols which are a set of standards that practitioners need to abide by. The observation of children must be undertaken ethically and in line with any protocols that your college or education establishment abide by. The behaviour of a practitioner in a childcare setting should conform to the standards and expectations of their college – whether or not they are observing children, they are required to act as a role model to young children so it is essential to behave appropriately and conform to all protocols both in college and in placement. There is a chance that the group of children may be a potentially vulnerable group, therefore practitioners need to act in a child’s best interest at times.
There are many ethical considerations that you will be required to take into account when carrying out observations on children. The first of these would be permission. To carry out an observation it is vital to gain permission and approval from the child’s parents, the supervisor and possibly the head of the setting – this is for safeguarding reasons, some parents may feel uncomfortable having their child observed so they could deny permission, which parents are
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