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I need to record and evaluate six obs on one child for my FD. I have chosen to observe the 12 month old baby who is settling in with me.

 

I need several different types so I am looking at time sampling. I can find lots of information on how to record them but I can't actually see what useful information they would give me. I am a childminder and only usually have one baby at a time so I know what that child is doing throughout the day anyway. I can't even really see how they would be useful when observing older children.

 

Does anyone use this format regularly? What does it tell you. What situations is it helpful for?

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We use time sampling to look at what activities a child is accessing over a period of time, and whether they are spending longer at one activity than others. We look at the quality of their involvement using the Leuvern/Laevers scale and from this we can ascertain how best to encourage either further learning, or involvement in similar activities, or communication with others etc.

This is mainly for the 2 - 3 year olds, by the time they are 4 it doesn't really tell us as much as just asking, so we use the general obs.

Hope this helps

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Hi. Cait,

 

Thankyou. I hadn't thought of linking it to an involvement scale. That makes a lot of sense for toddlers.

 

Still not sure it will tell me very much about the baby but I suppose I can reflect on that when I have to evaluate my own learning at the end.

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