Take a look behind the scenes.
In this blog I would like to take you into the world of observations. Teachers make an observation of your child during the days that your child comes to our daycare. We think that the time that a child comes to our childcare is also a great opportunity to follow your child’s development. In this way we can see how this development is progressing and do something with the information that comes from the observation.
Introduction and mentor meeting
In the first meeting you have with your child’s mentor (that is your regular contact person during the entire childcare period), it is indicated that there is the possibility to have a mentor meeting once a year. The mentor has followed and observed your child for a certain period (minimum four months, maximum one year) and can share her observations with you during this conversation. This happens during the mentor meeting. In this conversation we will look together with you at the observations made and we share our results with you about the development of the child. We discuss the points of attention in the development. We also tell you how your child is doing at the childcare and the fun moments. There is also space for comments / questions from your side.
What does an observation moment look like?
The mentor will observe your child at a fixed time each year. For example, she does certain assignments with your child and observes the child (the child does not see it as an assignment, but is just playing). The form that must be completed during the observation provides insight into the level of certain development areas. Development areas are different by age again (after all, a baby can not talk yet) for example focuses on: motor skills, language development and self-reliance.
Which observation method do we use?
We use the KIJK! Method. This is a widely used observation tool in childcare, with which the developmental course of young children in different development areas can be observed and registered over a longer period of time.
Examples of observation areas (each with its own age category) are:
- Dealing with oneself : watch small children if they discover their own hands and feet, are they shy. When the children are a little older, we can see whether their will is getting stronger or whether they are proud when they have made something.
- Interacting with others: Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo, or does your child play the same game next to another child. For example, they both play with the LEGO, but both play with their own LEGO blocks.
- Self-reliance: can your child already eat with a fork and spoon? Does it go to the toilet with help, or even independently?
- Game development: Does the child play using fantasy, for example, calling mom or dad with a telephone or a so-called telephone (the ladle)
- Speech and language development: does your child already start babbling, or does it already speak 400 words?
- Cognitive development: Does your child remember different tastes and smells, or asks questions why?
- Literacy: is your child interested in books, can they turn pages from left to the right, does your child like rhyming words, does the child recognize his or her favorite book?
- Numeracy: can your child count to 10, but not in the correct order or does your child compare the quantities: more / less, most / least.
These are just a few examples that we can pay attention to.
We fill in the KIJK! Registration with a special form. We indicate the age category, which comes up through observation as the age level at which your child is. All observations are saved until your child leaves the daycare.
When the child is ready to go to primary school, we can complete a transfer form in which it is indicated at which level of development your child is. That can be great for the primary school teacher. It is up to you whether you want to share this information with the school (you don’t have to).
And last but not least
We only observe your child to support it in its development as well as possible. It is nice to be able to offer something extra to your child on basis of the observations if he / she is a little behind, but also if he / she is a bit ahead in development. Both results deserve proper attention. How do we provide the right care and attention… that is what we do it for!
You will be given the observation forms to take home. You can read it again at home and if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
I hope you have gained some insight now how we work with the observation method and where we pay attention to. It is nice to be able to contribute to the development of your child in this way!
Best regards, Marielle