Observations and documentation help to create a holistic picture of children’s experiences, development and learning, and help to support planning that is meaningful to each child.

Some questions to consider when reviewing observations and documentation:

  • What developmental skills (as outlined in the Continuum of Development) do my observations and documentation identify?
  • Are other perspectives and interpretations considered (e.g. staff, parents, and children)?
  • What ideas and questions are children exploring?
  • How did my words/actions influence the experience?
  • Were there other influencing factors (e.g. environmental elements, shared learning, and accommodations)?
  • What changes am I noticing over time? What do I notice in different contexts?
  • How might this information be used to plan further experiences?

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