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we did a pond - had some magnetic fishing rods, made fish and attached magnets to them and made a pond with reeds etc - children loved it :o



Just to change the subject completely could anyone please confirm how often observations need to be completed. I am a registered childminder and working within the EYFS. Any help would be appreciatied. If this needs to be removed to another area could someone please do this for me.



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Hi, this has been discussed before so try doing a search.


I would say there is not a definitive number required. Observations being used to discover what you don't know and to evidence 'some' of what you do know. I say 'some' because your professional judgement is evidence as well as observations, ie: you don't need to have an observation to evidence every part of the EYFS, some things can't easily be observed or some knowledge/understanding can be assessed through your knowledge of a childs tranferable skills for example.


I'd say look at each individual childs 'learning journey' notes, see if there are any children with gaps, ie: what questions does their evidence so far give you? ie: I know Katy likes to listen to me read books but does she access them independently, does she turn the pages properly, is she beginning to know a story has a beginning, middle and end? This excersise for each child will help you to plan what, when, why and how many observations you need to do.

Observations primarily being a tool to 'fully understand the childs level of development and current interests, thus informing your practice.


Hope that helps.



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