I’m scared of thunder!Two year old Heidi has been out in the garden with the nursery class when there was a sudden down pour and a thunder storm. They came inside to get out of the rain. Heidi becomes distressed and the practitioners and other children help to comfort her.
Good for looking at
- Social and emotional development
- Supporting children with their fears
- Developing empathy
- Sustained shared thinking
- Understanding the world
- How do we know how Heidi is feeling through out this clip? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
- How is she learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
- In what ways do the adults support the children’s learning?
What are your thoughts about:
- What and how was Heidi communicating?
- The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support Heidi to manage her strong feelings?
- What the other children learned through this experience?
What would you do to:
- Support Heidi’s understanding of her fears?
- Encourage other children to support Heidi?
- Extend Heidi’s learning – e.g. learning more about how the world works, weather, storms etc.?
- Model behaviours for young children and show how useful they are? Could you talk about your own fears and how you over came them?
- Do you know how to support children with their fears? Do you need to find out more about supporting and validating children’s emotions?
- Are you good at supporting and listening to children with difficult emotions? Could you support other’s in your team and share your good practice?