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Observation, Assessment and Planning cycle

The team observe each child, assesses their age and stage then create activities that will suit their individual personalities.

Observation, Assessment and Planning cycle

Assessment for learning in action

  • Effective practitioners pull together the information they gather in their observations to identify aspects of the child’s learning and development.
  • This pulling together of information and thinking about what it tells us forms the basis of what is termed assessment.
  • When we assess we are making a judgement or decision about the child’s progress and needs in one or several areas of Learning and Development.
  • We use this judgement to plan what we will provide for the child in the future.

It is important to make thorough observations, taking time to think about what you have seen and heard, because the decisions that you then make affect the planning to meet individual and/or group needs and have a very real impact on the well-being of the child. Observations are perhaps the most powerful of all the methods we have available when woriking with children. The diagram below shows how Observation, Assessment and Planning all feed into one another and contribute to our knowledge about the child.


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