As an Ofsted registered childcare provider it is required that I make observations of the children I care for.
The Guidance states:- ‘Practitioners must be able to observe and respond appropriately to children’. This principle is in place in order to help them make progress. This is demonstrated when practitioners:-
Make systematic observations and assessments 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 need to make regular observations on your child, using different techniques. These may include tick lists and tracker books, photographs, written observations or video recordings. You are welcome to see copies of any of my observations. All observations are made for Ofsted requirements and will remain confidential.
I do request that parents sign a permission form to allow me to undertake photo observations as I may be required to show professionals, such as Ofsted inspectors, if requested as the observations can demonstrate my ability to care and understand an individual child’s needs as well as various other areas.