How do you organise your observations? Do you use only sticky notes or do you use a mixture or sticky notes plus longer observations? Who records observations and when? I know that in some settings staff have key children to observe or observe at particular times of the day. But what does this really tell us? If I am only observing my own key children or at certain times what if I miss things that other children are doing? Last year we had to write 2 longer observations on a child each half term and use them for planning. I found that trying to fit this in was time consuming and also felt 'forced'. Yes, the child might be doing x at this moment but that doesn't mean it is worth writing it all down or is anything significant. My preferred way to observe is to have a clipboard of sticky notes or paper with me at all times. Then I can observe any child at any time (during CI or focussed activities) and write down something if it is significant to that child. Sometimes for focussed activities I keep notes on every child, regardless of the outcome of the activity, for future reference on who would benefit more or needs to be extended. I'm sure there are better ways out there too. How do you do it in your setting?