Best Practices For Observing Children

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Best Practices For Observing Children

2 Hours

This is a non-CEU Course.  ** DEL MERIT Approved STARS ** CDA Training

Tuition: $20.00

Mobile Devices: This course MAY be mobile friendly. However, because every device is different, we are unable to guarantee compatibility.  Our student support staff is unable to provide technical support when students are attempting to use an iPad, tablet or cell phone to complete an online course. Use of an iPad, tablet, or cell phone is at your own risk. 

Washington STARS Credit: Content Area 3: Measurement of Child Progress (2 Hours) 

CDA Content Area: Observing and Recording Progress and Behavior of Children (2 Hours) 

Training Delivery Method:  Online

Content Focus Group:  

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschool Age Children
  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • School-Age Children

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Training Level: 2

Core Competencies:  Professional Development and Leadership (2.00)

Training Language(s):      English

Description:  (2 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * Why observe children? Because observation provides a fuller, richer picture of each child, so that your curriculum planning can address the specific capabilities of the children in your care. When you observe, the activities you plan will be more successful. You will be aware of the children's strengths, weaknesses, interests, and passions. This course discusses the importance of documenting children’s behaviors. It also discusses methods of observing and recording behaviors, identifies appropriate tools and techniques, and explains analysis and interpretation of observations.

Learning Objective:  

  • Explain ways to use the information that is gathered through observation.
  • Identify teacher initiated activities.
  • Identify factors to an objective observation.
  • Explain the importance of confidentiality.
  • Explain why it is important to look for patterns in a child’s behavior.
  • Identify benefits of documenting children’s behavior.


 Currently Enrolled Students *


2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training is not tested on mobile devices or designed to be used on a mobile device. We are unable to provide technical support if you are attempting to use a mobile device (cell phone, tablet, or any other device other than a computer). And though many students may find that they are able to use their mobile device to complete the course, this training was developed to be done on a computer. Use of a mobile device is at your own risk.

6) This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, or Java, in order to log into the course, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  • 4
    I think the more information we have the better

    Posted by Nabeela on 13th Mar 2015

    I think the more information we have the better it make us to do our jobs and help each child individually. It helped me to be more patient and attentive to all children.

  • 5
    i like the course. thanks

    Posted by Jayme on 12th Mar 2015

    i like the checklists. they are very useful. Live chat has very helpful people. very convenient. i think it really helped me.

  • 5
    This class was my favorite out of the observing classes I have taken.

    Posted by Josephine on 22nd Jan 2015

    I very much loved the slideshow and the videos in this particular class. I thought it gave great examples and allowed me to really think about applying what I learned on how to do my observations.

  • 5
    I really learned alot

    Posted by Jennifer on 20th Jan 2015

    I really learned alot from this section and will not only apply this to my work but my personal life as well. Confidentiality is so important and unfortunately some professionals forget this.

  • 5
    I loved it.

    Posted by Lisa on 31st Oct 2014

    I really responded to the visuals and was thrilled that it was not a power point! It felt very interactive which is why I've previously not done on line training. This sight was recommended by a co-worker and I loved it.