Reflect on outcomes of observations carried out in own setting in relation to: an individual child, a group of children, indoor provision, outdoor provision

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.14: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
Learning outcome: Be able to carry out observations in own setting in line with current frameworks
Assessment criteria: Reflect on outcomes of observations carried out in own setting in relation to: an individual child, a group of children, indoor provision, outdoor provision


As an Early Years practitioner, it is important to reflect on the outcomes of observations carried out in one’s own setting. Reflection is necessary to identify areas of strength and weakness, as well as opportunities for growth and improvement. In this blog post, I will discuss how I reflect on observed outcomes in my own setting. This includes individual children, a group of children, indoor provision, and outdoor provision.

Reflections on Individual Children

When observing an individual child in my setting, I like to take notes about their behavior, engagement levels, interactions with other children and adults, learning progressions over time, strengths, and any issues that need addressing. My goal is to build up a comprehensive picture of the child’s development over time so that I can better understand their individual needs and create personalized learning plans for them.


Reflections on Groups of Children

When observing a group of children in my setting, I pay close attention to the dynamics between them — such as peer interactions and cooperative play — which can provide useful insight into their social skills and emotional intelligence. I also like to observe how they respond to different activities or materials presented to them; this helps me identify any potential gaps or weaknesses that may exist within the group. Finally, I note down any positive behaviors or attitudes that should be encouraged further through praise or reward systems.

Reflections on Indoor Provision

When assessing indoor provision in my setting, I focus mainly on the environment itself — such as its layout and the materials provided within it — as these are key factors when it comes to encouraging exploration and independent learning among the children. For example, if the environment lacks certain colors or textures then this could impede certain aspects of development (such as sensory stimulation). Moreover, by ensuring that there are adequate resources available for each activity (e.g., enough paints for every child), this allows me to ensure that all children have access to what they need for successful learning experiences.


Reflections on Outdoor Provision

When assessing outdoor provision in my setting, I look at both physical elements (e.g., safety features) but also at how much space is provided for outdoor play (which can vary depending on location). Additionally, I consider how often outdoor activities are offered – such as taking walks around the local area – which can help develop observational skills among the children while also giving them direct contact with nature. Finally, I look at whether there are enough activities available outside (such as building blocks) so that all children can engage with something suited for their individual abilities during free play sessions.


To sum up then; reflected observations are essential when it comes to understanding an Early Years setting at both an individual level but also from a group perspective too. By noting down observations related to each child’s behavior while they partake in activities both indoors and outdoors we can gain invaluable insight into how best we can support their development going forward — helping them reach their full potential!

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