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Jack plays with cars

Two year old plays with cars on a map rug on the floor in the nursery. The practitioner joins in the play talking about what is happening.

Good for looking at

  • Small world play
  • Object play
  • Joining in with play
  • Effective adult support


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