Pedagogical documentation is a vital method of assessing and observing young children, and is a practice that enables practitioners, families and children to learn alongside each other. This book draws on the projects and experiences of senior researchers from nations including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, the UK and the USA to highlight multiple approaches to pedagogical documentation. Topics explored include: • using video in pedagogical documentation • making the most of outdoor learning environments • developing pedagogical documentation within curriculum frameworks • the relationship with Early Years transitions • the potential of pedagogical documentation for leadership enactment. The book offers guidance, support and inspiration to practitioners and researchers on how to implement meaningful and sustainable child-focused observation in early years contexts.

The Worlds of the Very Young: Seeing the Everyday in Small Pieces

The Worlds of the Very Young: Seeing the Everyday in Small Pieces

The Worlds of the Very Young: Seeing the Everyday in Small Pieces
Suallyn MitchelmoreAlma Fleet

Underneath the large noisy events lie the small events of silence. (Deleuze, 1994: 163)

Through narratives of little everyday moments, this chapter opens possibilities for documentation as experiences lived by very young children and the educators sharing their lives. Highlighting pedagogical meaning within the delights of playing with hats or reaching for bamboo, these moments unlock previously overlooked ways of being in children’s environments.


Every day, in group settings for young children, we re-meet familiar practices and routines. Often, it is because of their persistence and familiarity that we give little consideration to the richness of what is actually happening ...

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