The freely available videos below provide opportunities for observation of children in action in a variety of settings, as well as information and instruction on a variety of early childhood topics.
The Results Matter program from the Colorado Department of Education promotes observation-based assessment in the areas of social-emotional development, physical development, learning development and more. Their extensive video library includes clips for practicing observation, assessment and documentation, as well as clips on early intervention, using technology in assessment, working with children and families together, and more. Some Spanish language clips are available, as well.
These clips from the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University include child observations in a variety of settings, videos related to research on play, and videos on other various topics related to child development.
Redleaf Press offers dozens of observation videos, accessible to all but designed for use in connection with their book Focused Observations: How to Observe Young Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning, which is available for borrowing at the Erikson library (click here, to see the information about this book in our catalog). Take a look at their playlist, too, for Easy Songs for Smooth Transitions in the Classroom!
The Early Childhood Education and Training Program, at SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College offers over 300 instructional, informational and observational videos for early childhood educators and program administrators. Topics addressed include literacy, play, communication, effective listening, social-emotional and physical development, program planning and administration, business, safety, and much, much more.
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child has dozens of brief videos which focus on topics such as brain architecture, mental health, resilience, program effectiveness, and more. This site also includes numerous other great resources, including reports, presentations, tools and activities, and much more! Some resources are also available in Spanish and Portuguese.