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Child developement class, help? - January 13th 2010, 11:25 PM

I have a child development class and one of its requirements is that we do observation on kids. 4 of the observations can be done at the school in the lab (ages 2,3,4,5) but 4 others have to be done on our own.

I have an 11 year old niece so I can use her but I did three more kids ages 0-23 months (not yet two basically) and 6-11 and I have no clue where to look. I remember a lot of the things my niece did when she was 0-23 months old and I was thinking of taking that and kind of idk using it to my advantage. But, I am stuck on where else to look.

I talked to the teacher and she said child care places might let you do it but they might not. So I was wondering if anyone else has any ideas?

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Re: Child developement class, help? - January 13th 2010, 11:31 PM

Maybe try your extended family, like beyond nieces and cousins and such, maybe your niece has a young cousin?
Maybe the families of your friends has something to offer?

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Re: Child developement class, help? - January 13th 2010, 11:44 PM

Retrospective stuff isn't all that good to use tbh so remembering what she was like might not help much. And friends with young brothers/sisters.
The only other suggestion I'd give is youtube? I went on an observation training program last week and they used heaps of clips on youtube, just like kids playing in a classroom, for us to practice doing obs on. Ask your teacher how that would work?
I mean you could ask a nursery/school but even if it's a yes they'd have to go through parental permission etc to let you which can take a while ...

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Re: Child developement class, help? - January 14th 2010, 01:33 AM

Childcare centers are used to this, and will most likely let you do it at their facility, as long as you have a note from your teacher saying what you need to do. I have done observations myself at other schools. And when I worked in childcare we had students come in all the time. Its really no big deal. Just call up your local schools and ask. : )

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Re: Child developement class, help? - January 14th 2010, 01:39 AM

I definitely suggest trying a pre-school or child care facility. If you explain to the staff there what you're up to, I'm sure they'll have no problem with it. Also, many technical colleges have child-care facilities. Maybe take a look there?

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