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Infant Classroom Observation

This assignment is to be completed by observing in an infant classroom that serves children 6 weeks to 18 months old. You will complete an observation sheet and write a summary of the information gathered during the observation

You are to observe an infant classroom in a licensed child care facility.

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If you need assistance, please let your instructor know well in advance of the due date.

Your observation should be for a minimum of 3 to 5 hours.

You will be looking for specific items that relate to a developmentally appropriate infant classroom.

It may be necessary for you to make more than one observation to get all the information you need to complete this assignment.

This cannot be a classroom in which you currently work! You need to have the opportunity to observe without participation.

You must follow these specific guidelines as you begin this assignment:

Call ahead to make arrangements for the observation.

Be specific in your request: tell them you are a student at _____Community College and that the observation is for a class assignment.

When you go to the site, sign in, and get a visitor’s name tag if required.

You are to be an observer. You are not to engage the children or the teacher in casual conversation.

The teacher is there for the children. You are to observe in an out of the way location and try not to call attention to yourself.

You may ask questions but do not intrude on teacher-child interactions.

Remember to thank the teacher and the office staff as you leave the center.

Please demonstrate professional behavior before, during, and after your observation.

Dress appropriately. Please be aware that many infant classrooms expect adults to remove their shoes while inside the classroom–socks and slip-on shoes are highly recommended.

Come prepared with paper/pen to take notes so that you are able to represent the teacher’s classroom accurately when writing your paper.

Be polite and courteous at all times.

Confidentiality must be maintained at all times. You are not to talk about the classroom, teacher, or children to anyone.

Observe the classroom and take notes of your impressions of the following:

Examples of Attention, Approval, and Attunement (pgs. 187, 217, 223, 298, 308, 390)

The indoor environment (Chapter 13)

Evidence/Examples of Responsive Planning and Developmentally Appropriate practices

Evidence/Examples of following infant specific child care rules and regulations such as:


Request a copy of the center’s safe sleep policy. It would be best to ask for this when you set up your observation.

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