Child Observation The small sequences of events which transpire throughout a child’s day also tell a story. Intentional teaching begins with focused observations and systematic documentation of children's learning and development. Observation Resources. An ABC Chart is a direct observation tool that can be used to collect information about the events that are occurring within a student's environment. Using this method is a little bit like going bird watching. The ABC Service is a service provided by the Local Education Authorities of Gwynedd and Anglesey for early years’ children. ABC analyses can be very effective in developing individualised strategies for promoting a pupil’s development. Clearing Your View: Staying Objective in Observation (2017): This podcast from the Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) explains how to observe children and write down what you see in an objective way that will help you understand the meaning of the infant’s or toddler’s behavior. A checklist is just what it sounds like: a list that educators check off. Observation, Assessment and Planning by Early Years Matters – An interesting read on how observation ties in with the EYFS. CHECKLISTS AND RATING SCALES What is a checklist? The following is an example of ABC data collection. Observing Children by Nursery World – We loved this for a little more in-depth understanding about why we observe, and the different types of … A web—a visual organizer—is an excellent tool that teachers can use throughout the day to encourage children in creative exploration. Look at Me! Spiderman impersonators and garden spiders are not the only ones who may be seen webbing in early childhood classrooms. ABC means Observation and Assessment in the Early Years.. Event Sampling Event sampling, also called frequency counts, involves observation of targeted behaviours or specific events. "A" refers to the antecedent, or the event or activity that immediately precedes a problem behavior. The main problem is that they demand much time and they require expertise and objectivity. The Importance of Observation in Childcare Settings Observation is crucial for childcare practitioners and parents/guardians to monitor children in the early stages of their childhood development, and is featured in several places in the Early Years Foundation Stage documentation. Early Years Observation and Assessment (ABC) *** 10 June 2020 ABC Service Letter to Parents and carers What is the ABC Service? Early Years Inclusion Officers, Support and Safeguarding, Families and Children Updated August 2018 ABC OBSERVATION TOOL Please read the ABC observation tool information sheet before using this. Examples of observation tools in Early Years Different observation tools that can be used in your Early Years setting Observations are important in Early Years settings and can offer practitioners and children a range of support. Kathy Brodie is an Early Years Professional and trainer based in East Cheshire and the author of Observations, Assessments and Planning: Bringing it all together; for more information, visit kathybrodie.com or follow @kathybrodie.