Esme plays outside

Two year old Esme is playing outside with her key person and another child in the nursery garden. The adult skilfully supports Esme and the other child.

Esme has a progressive neurological condition. Find out more about Esme and her condition here

Good for looking at

  • SEND
  • Quality inclusion
  • Effective adult support
  • Object play
  • Social development
  • Personal development

Two year old Esme is playing outside with her key person and another child in the nursery garden. The adult skilfully supports Esme and the other child.

Notice

  • What cues can you see that show what Esme is interested in? (Look out for gestures, signs, 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 resources support Esme’s learning?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • The value of this type of play for Esme?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did they support Esme and the other child?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Esme’s development of her physical skills and sensory development?
  • Encourage other children to join Esme’s game?
  • Extend Esme’s learning – e.g. using her interests to develop her physical and social skills further?
  • Model inclusive behaviours for young children?

What next:

  • Do you need to encourage more of this kind of play for all of the children in your setting? Do you need to make changes to make spaces accessible to all?
  • Do you encourage an inclusive approach for all of the children and adults in your setting? Can you do more?