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.

A Note About Accuracy

Observation notes need to be accurate, objective, and factual. Learn how to avoid inaccurate observation notes that can lead to inaccurate interpretations or misunderstandings of what a child knows and can do.

Audio and Visual Recordings

Explore how cameras and media recorders, including smartphones and tablets, offer quick, efficient ways to document what children say and do.

Documenting Observations

In this part of Observation: The Heart of Individualizing Care for Infants and Toddlers, learn some of the more common documentation methods that education staff are likely to use.

Checklists and Other Print Recording Tools

Learn about using tools such as checklists, frequency counts, and participation charts to quickly record information about the occurrence of specific behaviors or skills.

Writing Objective and Accurate Observation Notes

Learn strategies for helping education staff write only what they see and hear—the facts. Explore ways to avoid using words that are ambiguous, open to interpretation, describe an opinion, or communicate judgment.