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Childcare - Observations

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Unit 1 - Observation and Assessment E1- No: 1 Date: 16/10/07 Title of observation: Gross motor skills of a 3 year old child. E1- Details of environment: Pre-School Immediate environment - Play area in classroom E2- Aim of Observation: Observe a 3 year old child's gross motor skills and compare the results to the 'norm'. E3- Age of the child being observed: 3 years 11 months old. Gross Motor Skills Check List - C.Meggitt (2000) 'An introduction to childcare & education' Gross Motor Skill Yes No Comment 2 1/2 Years Old Stand on tiptoe when shown Stood on tiptoes before I demonstrated Jump with both feet together Kick a large ball gently and lopsidedly Couldn't do as we were inside 3 Years Old Can jump from a low step Couldn't do as there was no steps in the building Can stand and walk on tiptoe Stand on 1 foot Climb stairs with one foot on each step- walk downwards with two feet to each step Couldn't do as there was no steps in the building Throw a ball overhand

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The second part of the tick list was several gross motor skill milestones that a 3 yr old child should be able to do, and S.G was able to: * Stand & walk on tiptoe, S.G was very confident whilst doing this. * Stand on one foot * Throw a ball overhand and catch with arms out-stretched, whilst catching the ball S.G didn't always have her arms outstretched and was able to catch the ball still. ( I wasn't able to observe S.G 'jump from a low step, climb stairs with 1 foot on each step' because there wasn't any steps in the building, also I couldn't observe S.G 'use whole body to kick ball with force' as wasn't allowed to kick balls indoors.) The last part of the tick list was several gross motor skill milestones that a 4 yr old should be able to do, and S.G was able to: * Walk along a line, however instead of a line it was a beam laid on the floor, and S.G's first attempt she fell off towards the end

Conclusion

* Throw object in intended direction * Ride and steer a tricycle or other wheeled equipment * Climb up or down equipment without falling * Independently use swings, including pumping * Hop on both feet and one foot * Jump over objects of various heights and widths * Balance on one foot or walk across balance beam E9- Reflect on your own understanding of children's development as a result of the observation: As I observed S.G other children took part, and not all of the other children could do various things from the tick list, therefore it has become obvious that children develop at different rates, or some children are better at other things than others. I think that the use of development milestones is useful and gives teachers and parents an understanding of what they should expect from the child, and if the child cannot perform some gross motor skills, then the parent/teacher can then help the child to improve.

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