Woodthorpe Children Centres Policies


Updated 13 Oct 2020


Early Years Practitioners make quality observations of learning and interests which are at the heart of all the teaching and learning which takes place in our nursery setting in accordance with the EYFS requirements.

We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. Observing children throughout the day enables practitioners to gather a wealth of information about each child. This information is essential to the learning experience of every child and can be used in a variety of ways.

Observations enable practitioners to:

  • Develop and extend each child’s learning and development
  • Plan the next steps in individual learning
  • Ensure a broad, varied and balanced curriculum
  • Celebrate each child’s achievements
  • Share information with parents

ll practitioners make observations of the children throughout the day. The observations are recorded on tablets onto our online Early Learning Journal app called Tapestry.  Observations will take many forms such as ‘snapshots’, annotated work, photographs and videos. Every four to six weeks a more ‘in depth’ observation will be made by a child’s key worker. The observations are made in all areas of the nursery and may take place during child initiated play or adult led activity. The observations may be written or pictorial and where possible will include examples of direct speech.

Each observation is dated and authorised, stating the context and area in which the observation is made.

Parents/Carers are given the opportunity to be added to Tapestry and linked to their own child.  They then can add their own observations from home and have access to their child’s page at all times and have immediate access to all our observations of the child.   Parents/Carers can respond to all observations on Tapestry which key workers then use to inform individual planning.

The observations are shared with children and parents at regular intervals in paper form.  Parents/carers are encouraged to share observations from home using ‘WOW’ sheets.  These are then used by Key Workers to inform individual planning.