This course introduces knowledge and skills in authentic observation that are necessary to becoming reflective and responsive early educators. The significance of the observation cycle and how this contributes to reflective practice and quality of early learning experiences is examined. A variety of observation strategies that enable the discovery and understanding of children’s learning, interests and potential is introduced. Observation of the early environment as the “third teacher” will also be explored. Students are encouraged to discern the appropriateness of observation strategies in varying contexts in order to identify strengths and challenges in children and the learning environment. Through this critical process, they will learn to ascertain how children and families may benefit from further support and resources.