Magic me into a kitty catA group of two year olds are playing in the nursery garden with their key person. Isaiah has found a stick and wants it to be his want. A game of hide and seek turns into a pretend game. The group have been together at the setting for 10 months and are settled well.
Good for looking at
- Language & Communication
- Pretend play
- Physical play
- Effective adult support
- What cues can you see that show what the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
- How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
- In what ways do the adults support the children’s learning?
- How does the environment support the children’s learning?
What are your thoughts about:
- How the children were learning during their play?
- The areas of development you observed?
- Their level of development?
- The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support the children?
- The value of this type of pretend and physical play for the children?
What would you do to:
- Support the children’s game?
- Encourage the children to cooperate as a group?
- Extend their learning – e.g. supplying other materials to develop the game further?
- Model behaviours for young children and show how useful they are?
- Do you need to encourage more of this kind of play and learning for the two year olds in your setting?
- Did you recognise any particular skills you have in particular areas of relating to and supporting children?
- Did you recognise any areas of practice that you could improve?
- What do you need to do next to put any thoughts you have had into practice?
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