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17: Documentation and Assessment

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    Learning Objectives

    By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

    • Review criteria to determine when and what to document
    • Explain the purposes of documentation
    • Justify documenting children’s play
    • Describe different methods of documenting children’s learning
    • Relate how to respect the rights of children and families when documenting
    • Discuss the role of assessment
    • Describe how the Desired Results Developmental Profile can be used to assess children
    • Summarize important considerations in assessment during early childhood
    • Explain the importance of working with families when documenting and assessing children

    Documenting and assessing all the children in your care allows you to gradually build up a comprehensive picture of each child’s interests, strengths and relationships, as well as an insight into areas they may be avoiding or skills they need help to develop. It will give you a clearer picture of the social interactions, creative ideas and the concerns of the children in your program. It will take some time and a concerted team effort to gather documentation on all the children in your care— but there are benefits. Having this kind of profile of all the children in your service will allow you to plan curriculum that develops these interests and builds up these skills over time. [1]


    [1] Australian Government Department of Education (n.d.) Educator My Time, Our Place. Retrieved from

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