Sometimes if you were to see comments in other children’s records such as ‘language skills not well developed’, ‘poor social skills’ or ‘can’t relate to other children’ without knowing that child you would form a judgement on them.
Such comments are not observations but negative, judgemental statements, which tell us nothing useful about the child concerned and only that the author has dismissed that child as incapable in some way.
If you are concerned about an aspect of a child’s development, then it is crucial to describe in detail what you saw. You need to focus on what the child can do and needs help with. The onus must be placed fairly and squarely on the adults involved to provide support, rather than condemn the child.
It is important to remember that it is the adults who are in control, not the child when it comes to the observation and recording of it.