Observation and Planning

Realising the Ambition, p 63 says “We provide both responsive and intentional learning for children in our day to-day practice. By this we mean that we constantly respond to the needs of young children alongside planning and implementing intentional experiences to help them develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the world
around them. Responsive and intentional planning approaches start with our observations and interpretations of the baby or young child’s actions, emotions and words. This tells us what the child needs for us to provide in
their learning environment. A child-centred approach to planning learning will help the child connect each new discovery to what they already know.”

Whilst we have split the information into two sections is is important to remember that observation ‘listening with your eyes and ears at the actions, emotions and words of children is central to effective planning.


Under this tile you will find a range of information to help you reflect on and develop how you plan to meet your children’s needs and ensure positive outcomes for them.


Here you will find a range of information and training slides to support understanding about why, what and when we observe and how we use our observations to inform practice and how to record quality observations that evidence children’s learning.

If you require any further support around observation and planning please contact your link EYESO.