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How does socialising with peers support development?

What do children learn from each other? And how do they learn to socialise? See what two year old Skye gains from spending time with her friends in the nursery garden. There's such a lot to learn.

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  • Social play
  • Learning from older children
  • Confidence
  • Being part of a group
  • Playing games
  • Taking risks
  • Self belief
  • Solving disputes
  • Co-operating with peers

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This is Skye. She’s been coming to this nursery for some time and she’s very settled here. During this year she’s really going to learn a lot about doing things with other children. She hears a game being played and wants to see what’s going on. There’s a race and she wants to be in it. She joins the line up. She feels confident to join the big group.

She really wants to join in with the older children and emulate them. Her advancing physical skills help her to be able to interact. Such a lot of Skye’s interactions with the other children involve movement and physical activity. She watches Ella – a year older – on the slide. She mirrors her actions almost exactly. The practitioners have decided that this more exciting way of coming down the slide is safe enough for the children who make their own judgement that they can manage it. Her confidence is immediately boosted after the big risk she managed to take. It helps her physical competence and bravery, making her feel robust and begin to have a belief in her self. The outdoors can really encourage girls to be more adventurous.