Observation, Assessment and the Planning Cycle

Samantha McMahon, Lindsey Watson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


This chapter considers the purposes of observation and assessment and how they support effective planning. It draws on real examples of practice to showcase how practitioners in different settings use their observations in child centred planning. The chapter provides an overview of a range of observational methods and includes a discussion of the role of digital technologies in the observation, assessment and planning cycle. It offers detailed examples of how to interpret observations and promotes an ethical approach which includes parents and children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild Centred Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781526439123, 9781526439130
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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