by: JoS - 05-09-12 11:07
I am holding a staff meeting next week and I want to encourage my team to improve the observations that they are writing, I feel like I'm constantly saying "quality rather than quanitity". The previous manager told them they needed to write a set amount of observations per child per week, which hasn't helped!
Any ideas where I can find some info to use for my meeting on this?
RE: Writing observations - 05-09-12 11:58
you need date, where it takes place, what happens - no judgements to be made just a description so for example do not put she likes playing put she smiles and claps when putting one brick one top of the other, and then you can make a guess as to where you think it would go before you get your eyfs out and put the ref, also you need to put a sgnature and do it in pen so it cannot be altered. in a settin i worked it it was a set amount and i got talked about it every week as i never had enough although i had long indepth ones they were never good enough! hope this helps x
RE: Writing observations - 05-09-12 15:03
RE: Writing observations - 05-09-12 15:11
In our nursery, our manager had us role play. An adult sat on the floor and pretended to be a preschooler. They played with some blocks and we all had to write an observation based on what we were observing. Our manager was able to help us observe and write down what was happening in front of us. This helped us so much, because we began to understand exactly how and what to observe She also went through the early years areas and made sure we all understood it. I myself have improved with my observations, because I now have a better understanding of what I am observing. I hope this helps you and good luck with it.
RE: Writing observations - 05-09-12 18:24
Explain that there is no need for masses of paperwork with the new eyfs and that ofsted will not be happy if they see you are doing more than necessary as it takes valuable time away from fully interacting with the children. I did examples of good and bad observations which had the child's age on it and asked them to sort them and explain their reasons.
I also emphasised that observations arnt just written and photos can often show what a child is doing clearly. They should only be written if you feel you would forget that information about the child, if not take a photo to remind yourself. Also 3 pieces of evidence is not needed for every statement, one clear detailed piece is enough, it's reminding staff they don't need to write everything, if you know Lucy can use a knife to spread butter and she's been doing it for months why waste your time writing it. Ofsted will be more impressed you know your key children inside out without writing worthless observations. Spend time getting to know them fully!!
RE: Writing observations - 07-09-12 17:44
by: Fluffy Bunny
I agree withEmma when attending the revised eyfs cours I was also told that you only need one observation if you have seen them jumping then they can do it, they also said that observations should have a meaning and should not be written just to make the folder look good. Observations should be short and to the point sometimes a few lines are better than an essay!!
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