Discuss the observation process and its relevance and importance in the early years to support the holistic development of children.

Knowledge and Understanding (A1, A2, A3, A4, A6)

a Demonstrate an understanding of the holistic development of children and examine a range

of theoretical perspectives that explain how children develop, play and learn. (A1, A3, A6)

b) Understand the importance of observation and demonstrate knowledge of a range of different techniques and ethical issues in observing, monitoring and recording children’s development. (A4, A6)

c) Understand the role of parents and other adults in their children’s development and identify the special features of this in relation to the support, care and well-being of children.

(A2, A3)

Subject specific skills (B1, B2, B6, B7)

d) Identify concepts, theories and research evidence in child development and process, evaluate and synthesise evidence and theoretical perspectives and present a structured argument about child development. (B1, B2)

e) Use a variety of relevant and ethical techniques and skills for observing children in practice and research situations. (B6, B7)

Key Skills (C1, C2, C5, C6)

f) Express, discuss and present knowledge, ideas and viewpoints in appropriate academic formats. (C2)

g) Access, evaluate and utilise a range of relevant resources and information (including ICT) for academic purposes. (C1, C5, C6)
Reference to these books
Robinson, M. (2011) Understanding Behaviour and Development in Early Childhood. USA Canada: Routledge.

Smidt, S. (2006) The Developing Child In The 21st Century – A global perspective on child development. USA Canada. Routledge.

Robinson, M. (2003) From Birth to One – The year of opportunity.