The learner is to conduct A Naturalistic Child Observation Study to include 5 observations pertaining to 5 areas of child development. (PILES)
Selection of an appropriate context for the research project e.g. education or care setting. Provide background Information of setting including the type of service, numbers catered for, location, and management structure. (Confidentiality must be maintained).
Give an outline of significant policies, legislation and best practice under which the service operates e.g. Early Years Services Regulations, Aistear, Siolta, Child Protection, Health, And Safety, etc. Give a critical discussion on the policies and practices and why these are important to develop quality and deliver an effective program (relate to theory).
Describe two different observation methods that are to be used in the study (include min of three narratives). Provide good practice evidence for selecting the two methods being used.
Conclusion: On completion of the five observations, give a detailed integrated description of the child to include; evaluation of the child’s needs and interests in relation to the various areas of development to give an insight into the holistic child, and relate this to psychology on self- identity. Evaluate how theoretical knowledge may benefit future learning and development in supporting the child’s needs.
Recommendations: You are required to make a minimum of five relevant recommendations relative to the observations and research conducted in the child study. Each recommendation should be supported with a reason/ justification for making it and how a child can reach their learning goals.
Reflection: This section must show your ability to critically reflect on your own practice and learning.
It should have good detail and logic in the discussion to include:
How your knowledge and skills have improved.
The challenges you faced and how you overcame these.
Discuss your preconceptions in your own abilities to conduct the study, what you now know about the chid; what you now understand about theory in child psychology, and how personal perceptions/values influence the way you practice.