Esme and the gardening tray

Two year old Esme chooses what she wants to do at the nursery during free play time. The practitioner supports her to make choices and is sensitive towards her attempts at communicating. Esme has a progressive neurological condition. Find out more about Esme and her condition here

Good for looking at

  • Send
  • Inclusion
  • Communication
  • Sensory play
  • Mud
  • Object play
  • Effective adult support


  • What cues can you see that show what Esme is interested in? (Look out for eye gaze, non-verbal and body language)
  • How is Esme learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support Esme’s learning?
  • How do the environment and materials provided support Esme’s learning?