Effective Observations in EYFS with Lynn Jenkins


Observations are a crucial element in effective Early Years practice.

Why are observations so important ? How do you ensure that your observations lead to effective learning and progress for all the children in your setting?

This one-hour online training course will enable participants to:

  • learn why observations are important and how they can be carried out effectively
  • investigate practical ideas on embedding effective observations into your practice
  • understand the statutory and non-statutory guidance on observations in EYFS
  • explore how you increase the impact that your observations can have on children’s progress

This course is aimed at EYFS Practitioners, NQTs, EYFS Leaders and Teaching Assistants and is designed to build knowledge, skills and confidence in embedding effective observations into your practice.

About the facilitator:

Lynn Jenkins is the Early Years Teaching School Director for OTSA and an experienced Early Years specialist who is also currently teaching at The Ace Centre Nursery and Teaching School. She delivers training for OTSA and Oxfordshire Teacher Training .

Accessing the online event

Following registration for this event you will receive an email from Eventbrite confirming your place. If you did not create an account at the time of booking, or someone else booked on your behalf, you will need to create an Eventbrite account. Open your booking confirmation email, select ‘Claim Your Order’ and then choose a password. Make a note of your email address that was used to make the booking and your new password – you will need these to access the Eventbrite page containing the link to the event.

A minimum of 48 hours before the event begins you will receive another email from Eventbrite containing a direct link to the event and to the Eventbrite Online Event page. Login to Eventbrite, using the same email and password you used to create your account. You will now have access to the online event link and any pre-event materials. This link must not be shared with other people.

Please test the link the day before the event to make sure you can connect. If you need help please email info@otsa.org.uk or call 01235 856500 in good time before the event begins. We will be unable to help during the event itself. Please note, if you unsubscribe from Eventbrite before the event takes place you will not receive any further emails from Eventbrite and therefore will not receive the email with the link to the event.

We do not provide refunds if you are unable to access the event due to technical issues that are beyond our control.

Participation in the online event

Our online events aim to be interactive and you will be expected to have your camera and microphone on, although your microphone should be muted. We may use ‘Raised Hands’, ‘Reactions’, ‘Chat’, ‘Polls’, shared whiteboards and shared screens during the session. We may also use ‘Breakout Rooms’ to allow you to work in a smaller group.

This event will be recorded for training purposes. The event facilitator(s) will have access to the video so that they may review the event as an observer and then it will be deleted. We will not be sharing the video more widely for copyright and privacy reasons.

Cost includes VAT which may be recovered by schools

£10 plus VAT

The event cost is inclusive of applicable VAT. Schools should be able to recover VAT from HMRC so the cost to your school should be the pre-VAT figure. If in doubt, please check with your finance manager.


Payment is required at the time of booking by credit card, debit card or Paypal. A VAT invoice will be sent to you automatically by email.

To keep our event fees as low as possible, we are not able to issue manual invoices for later payment by cheque or bank transfer and we are not able to reserve places without payment.

In the event of a refund request, please note that the Eventbrite booking fee of 6.5% plus 0.49p per ticket is not refundable.

Refund policy
Refunds up to 30 days before event.Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.