INFANT-TODDLER PROGRAM OBSERVATION
Your Name: ___________________Facility Name: _____________________
Date(s) and Time(s) of Observation: _________________________________
Age Group Observed: ____ Infants (10-18 months) ____Toddlers (18-36
months) ____Mixed Infant and Toddler (0-36 months) ____Other (explain)
Number of Children present: _______
Number of qualified teachers present during observation if known: _________
Number of other adults present in the classroom: __________
Discoveries and Key Experiences:
Observe 2 individual children, and briefly describe at least one “discovery” and at
least one “key experience” that was taking place developmentally for that child.
Describe aspects of the environment that you felt supported the development of
the children you observed ie: room lay out, materials, furniture, and equipment
and how they are arranged. (Include drawings if you wish)
What daily routines took place during your observation? Describe how did the
teacher(s) supported development within the routine.
Quality of Care: Describe the quality of care by answering the following questions.
Was there primary caregiving? If so, what aspect of primary care stood out for
How were the children’s families, welcomed, and represented in the program?
Include aspects of the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the families served .
Do the caregivers seem to be “in-tune” with the children? Explain why or why
What aspects of the PITC and/or RIE philosophy did you see in action? Give at
least two examples.
Was there anything that you observed that concerned you, if so how would you as
a teacher handled the situation differently?
Get appropriate permission from the program prior to visiting, and follow all
guidelines and procedures the facility has for student observers and/or visitors
Remember to maintain respect and confidentiality for the children and caregivers
Be objective, and descriptive in your observations
If there is no observation area, maintain a “low-profile” (ie: quiet, unobtrusive)