Observation Activities
  • 27 Jan 2024
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Observation Activities

Article Summary

Record observations to track children's progress for developmental milestones

Using the Observations Daily Activity, teachers and staff can track milestone progress through the Procare child care mobile app. When logging an Observation, staff can add milestones and the child's progress toward achievement. This functionality eliminates the need for excess paperwork and makes it easier for teachers and administrators to qualify observations directly within the mobile app or web portal.

Please Note: Log in to the Procare website to create, edit or delete Milestones.

Sharing Observations with Parents

When Observations are recorded for students, they can also be shared with parents on their Activity Feed and Daily Summary.

The "Staff Only - Requires Admin Approval for Parents" option can be added when recording an observation by going to your School Settings screen and locating the 'Allow Staff to Share Observations with Parents setting'.

Please Note: To make Observation activities require admin approval by default, please contact our Support Team.

Individual student progress can be recorded against Milestones with Observation activities. The video below details how to record an observation and assign progress ratings against Milestones via the mobile app.

How to Record an Observation

  1. From your Procare child care mobile app, click Activity at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Then select Observation.
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  3. Choose the student(s) you wish to include and click Next.
  4. Complete the Observation details:
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    a. Date - will default to the current date and is a read-only field.
    b. Time - select a time.
    c. Staff Present - choose the staff member present during the observation.
    d. Write Description - enter any details you wish to include with the observation.
    e. Camera icon - click the icon to add any pictures or videos.
  5. Click Add Milestones to add milestones to the observation (see below for more information).
  6. Click Add Observation. The observation will be included in the Daily Summary and Activity Feed.

Optional Step: Attaching Milestones and Progress Ratings

Adding one or more Milestones to the Observation allows teachers to record progress ratings for the students.

Important: Adding a student progress rating for milestones will override any previously saved progress ratings for that student and the selected milestone.

  1. Following the steps above, before clicking Add Observation, Click Add Milestones.
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  2. Use the Category drop-down menu or the Search bar to filter categories.
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  3. When adding Milestones, clicking the bolded sub-domain will add all the indicators below or select individual indicators.
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  4. Click Add Milestone at the bottom to add the selected milestone(s) to the observation.
  5. Use the X to the left of the subdomain to delete a milestone.
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  6. Use the + to rate student progress towards the corresponding milestone.
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  7. Use the drop-down to select the progress rating of each student, then Add Progress.
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  8. Below each milestone title, a note will indicate when progress has been added for students.
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