Adding your own observations of your child

You can share experiences and achievements that happen outside of your child's setting by adding an observation.

Hints and tips

It can feel a bit strange writing observations of your child at first, but don't worry- here are some tips to help you:

  • First of all, don't be concerned about what the "right" things to observe are- it doesn't have to be a huge milestone or big achievement. If your child is involved, engaged, having fun, or does something new, just write it down (or take a photo). You child's setting will love seeing what they're up to and can use this to support your child in the setting

  • You know your child best- sharing what your child enjoys and achieves with you at home gives your chid's carers so much extra information.

  • Try to be descriptive of what's happening, rather than inferring- you might write "Mohammed was smiling as he poured the water" rather than "Mohammed enjoyed pouring the water", for example.

  • If you're writing what your child says, write it as close to how they said it as you can, for example "Layla said 'Tat go down-tairs'" instead of correcting it to "Layla said 'The cat went downstairs'"

  • You can view your child's journey tab to see past observations and get some inspiration.

  • You can always chat to your child's key worker about observing, for more support.

To create an observation of your child:

  • Head to your child's profile and click on 'Journey' tab

  • Click 'New Observation' (found in the top right)

  • A text box will appear- see the below screenshot for an example

  • Use the 'Upload' button to add photos and videos, or simply describe what your child is doing. If you get interrupted while you're creating the observation, a draft will save, which you can find again by clicking the (left) icon top right-hand corner.

  • When you're done, click 'Send for review' to share it with your child's setting.

Your child's practitioners will see your observation in the app, where they can add links to the areas of learning.

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