Documentation is a tool to make children's learning visible. It can help practitioners gain greater insight into children's thinking throughout everyday experiences. It is also used to reflect children's thinking, to help them generate new ideas, learning, and discoveries. Documentation allows us to gather, share, and discuss evidence of development and learning with parents, children and other practitioners.

In practical terms, documentation can include:

  • written observations
  • language samples
  • children's constructions
  • drawings
  • attempts at writing
  • photos
  • audio/video recordings
  • learning stories.

What to consider when documenting:

  • What am I choosing to document, and why?
  • What form of documentation will best represent this choice? How will documentation be shared?
  • What are children's ideas about the documentation?
  • How does documentation influence the children's experiences and responses?
  • How can families be involved in the documentation process?

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