Responding to Infants and Toddlers Based on Observation

In the ongoing child assessment cycle, observing, documenting, and reflecting guide education staff to intentional and purposeful responses. Explore how this helps staff create individualized learning opportunities for infants and toddlers.

Why Observe Young Children?

Individualizing care and the curriculum, and tracking children’s progress make observation a powerful and informative learning tool. Find out about other important reasons to observe young children.

What Is Observation?

Learn how observing children is a key part of what education staff in Head Start infant toddler programs do daily. Observation involves focus, purpose, and watching and listening to learn about individual children.

Observation: The Heart of Individualizing Responsive Care

Use this resource with teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors who work with infants, toddlers, and their families.It offers information on observation as well as strategies to support and strengthen this important component of quality infant and toddler care.