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Types of play – parallel – Putting babies to bed

Just turned two year old girls, who spend a lot of time together at this setting, are playing side by side. They have a wooden pram and a doll and a teddy. There is no adult interaction during the play.

Good for looking at

  • Types of play - parallel, associative play
  • Personal, social and emotional - Developing friendships
  • Pretend play
  • Imagination
  • Object play


  • 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 the children are learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How do the materials provided support the children’s learning?