Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development

10 Clock Hours / 1.0 CEUs / $50.00

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Course Description:

This course applies to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

In this course you will learn why observing children’s authentic activities is the best way to gather information on children's development. This course covers how to choose methods of recording observations, identify developmental milestones and assess children’s stages of development, and assess children’s learning styles and temperament traits.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more on what is covered in this course.

Note: This course includes observation assignments that must be completed to get credit for this course. Ideally, you should observe children in an early childhood setting. If this is not possible, you may observe your own children, neighbors, relatives, etc., but you must do the observation assignments to get credit for this course.

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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with online component) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.

  • In Massachusetts this course is a diverse learner course. Click here for more Massachusetts diverse learner courses.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development you will be able to explain how to plan observations in a child care setting; describe different types of observation records; identify ways to use observation records to facilitate children's learning and development; and much more! Click here to read all of the learning outcomes for this course.

Topics covered

  • Methods of gathering information
  • The assessment cycle
  • Tests and interviews
  • Scheduling an observation
  • Conducting an observation
  • Anecdotal records
  • Charts
  • Checklists
  • Diaries
  • Frequency records
  • Rating scales
  • Running records
  • Spot-checks
  • Choosing the right type of records
  • Milestones of physical, cognitive, language, and social–emotional development
  • Intelligences and learning styles
  • Temperament traits


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

What our students say about Observing, Recording and Assessing Children's Development

"I had a wonderful experience taking the online class. I like that I could do some work, then save and walk away until later. The material was very easy to read and understand and was totally complete. I feel I have learned a large amount of information and gained a lot of confidence in my ability to use this information. As my need for more education comes along, I will certainly be searching the course list at The Care Courses School, Inc." - Bettendorf, Iowa

"The two recent Care Courses I purchased and completed (online) [Observing, Recording, and Assessing and Creating Schedules and Routines] were fantastic. Exceeded my expectations; reasonably priced and $$ well spent. Thank you!" - Worcester, Massachusetts

"I think the Care Courses are very well done. I've taken college courses also in Early Childhood Education and find your courses more focused on the actual needs of a provider. Thank you for offering a quality educational product at an affordable price for those who wish to continue to be the best they can be at their profession."  - Orrinton, Maine

"Thank you for emailing me about my status on your programs [Observing, Recording and Assessing and Principles of Child Development] ... and I'm happy to report that I love these courses and they will give me the opportunity to advance in my job... Thank you for the great classes!!!!" - Clearwater, Florida

"As always everything went well with my Care Courses [Joyful Life of CaregivingSun Safety, Observing, Recording and Assessing Children's Development, and Sanitation for Disease Prevention].  I will be renewing my CDA and Care Courses is helping me obtain the CEUs I need to complete this task. I will be ordering another Care Course soon."  - North Providence, Rhode Island

“This course clearly outlined how to conduct an objective observation, allowing for better catering to each individual child’s needs” - Chester, Virginia

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at info@carecourses.com. We will review your course and be in touch.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.

Please note: All course and certificate dates and times are on Eastern Time. 

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