Find out how you can improve pedagogical observation in kindergarten with a mobile app.
Observation in kindergarten is a method to support educators and parents in dealing with the needs of early childhood development.
This article briefly discusses the purpose of child observation and gives some examples of methods of child observation. We will also recommend some helpful tools that educators in day care centers or preschools can use for their daily child observation reports that parents are only too happy to see when they pick up their children.
The intention should be clear before you start the observation in kindergarten: Is the intention to work out an action plan with the parents to help improve their child's behaviour? Should it document the learning progress of a child? Do you want the parents to see their child's new skills as they have shown in creating a work of art? Do you want the language development of a child to be closely monitored?
If you first define the goal of the observation, you can better prepare for the observation of the child and choose the most helpful observation method(s).
Child observation reports are based on what is actually seen and heard should be as detailed as possible. Here are some examples of methods of child observation that will help you to document and fulfill the purpose of observing the child:
When writing children observation reports, make sure that you write down exactly what you see and hear. Always be objective and factual. The information gathered when observing children should serve the purpose you have defined from the start and helps with supporting the needs of early childhood development.
To help you document and report on your kindergarten observation, you can use Lumiform's mobile app to take photos of fleeting moments and quickly annotate what you saw and heard. You can use Lumiform's scheduling feature to schedule your observations with scheduled events such as playtime and art sessions. With Lumiform's cloud-based storage, observations are secure and accessible only to the educators concerned. Use our collection of carefully designed Child Observation Examples as forms and templates for on-site reports. The reports can be sent to the parents at the touch of a button, giving you, the educator, more time for the children.