Child Observation

Topics: Observation, Eating, Childhood Pages: 4 (1347 words) Published: October 11, 2013
Child Care Training – Social Development Observation Sample Date of observation: 26 March 2011
Time observation started and finished: 14:20 to 14:50
Number of children present: Three children present
Number of adults present: 2 Adults present. (1) Mother, (1) Student(observer) Description of setting: TC home is set in a rural area, it is a large detached house with large landscaped gardens surrounding the house, there are swings, slides and a playhouse in the garden. There are neighbouring houses with children living in them also. Immediate context: This observation took place at dinner time in the kitchen of TC home. There is a large table and TC is sitting at the end of it with her dinner in a plastic plate and a plastic spoon to eat it with. She is strapped into a high chair while she eats. The family dog walks freely around the house. During dinner he waits under TC high chair for food. The other two children sit on the bench at the side of the table eating their dinner. The mother is pottering around and feeding TC intermittently.

Brief description of the child observed:

TC is 18 months and has a brother aged 4 and a sister aged 6. TC mom and dad live together in the family home. TC likes to play with her siblings and her toys. She is very friendly with the house pet Sparkle (the dog). Aim of observation: The aim of the observation is to assess the TC social development. This observation is done for 5 minutes interval over a period of 30 minutes. Rationale: To develop my observational techniques. Then to apply what I have learnt in the work place. Method: Time sample

Observation
Time
Actions
Social group
Language
14:20
TC is sitting at table in high chair, eating her dinner.
Her brother and sister are sitting at table eating their dinner. Not speaking
14:25
TC turns and give some of her dinner to the dog.
The other children alert the mother to the actions of TC.
TC looks towards mother and say Bow Wow. Mother says don’t give your...

References: *Murray, Lynne and Andrews, Liz 2000 The social baby. Richmond; The Children’s Project.
*Lindon, Jennie 2010 Understanding child development 2nd edition; Linking theory and practice.
*Flood, Eilis 2010 Child Development; For students in Ireland
*Donohoe, Josephine and Gaynor, Frances, 2007 Education and Care in the Early years 3rd edition
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