two children hug while a woman watches over themObservation is one of the most powerful tools teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers have for building relationships with infants, toddlers, and their families. It is the entryway to seeing each child as a unique individual and as a capable learner. Learning the art of observation and how observation informs responsive caring and individualization takes time, effort, and practice. However, the payoff in terms of positive outcomes for children and their families, as well as growth in staff professionalism, is well worth the energy.