Hunter and Elya's friendship - 1st June 2021
This morning the children had group time at 9:30 and went outdoor for play. Hunter crawled himself to the babies play area on the stage. I helped Elya to the stage . They shared a baby toy together. Elya and Hunter both stood next to each other with the support of the toy and played together. They smiled to each other and they both looked at me and smiled at me. When they heard my positive, encouraging voice they will both laughed. Throughout their play they would look at me for support and secure attachment. After playing for a while together, Hunter moved on to the slide which he likes the most. He climbed up on the stairs without any help, after climbing up he used the stairs in reverse to come down and not on the slide. I helped him to go on the slide. He took few rides on the slide and he moved to the obstacle course. He played there for a while climbing and standing and enjoyed his moments of success. When I saw Hunter playing safely by himself I came back to observe Elya. Elya was still playing with the baby toys on the stage. When she saw me she smiled at me and moved towards me. I took her to the rocking boat. I placed her on the rocking boat and rocked her gently she enjoyed that play and kept smiling and laughing. After a while I took her out of the rocking boat and offered her a walking toy. She stood up and held the walking toy, then tried to move with it. She then sat on the floor and played with it. Hunter and Elya had great morning, exploring the outdoor environment with energy and enthusiasm. They also exercised hand-eye co-ordination and gross motor skills.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported. Hunter and Elya played together, laughed at each other and also shared the baby toys. They both felt safe, secured and supported. Hunter and Elya had a sense of belonging.
This learning experience can be linked to Bowlby's theories. He believes that children who have strong positive attachments to familiar caregivers use them as a safe base which to explore the environments.
Critical Reflection: I sat with Hunter and Elya and helped them to have a safe play. I acknowledged and responded sensitively to their cues and signals. I supported children's secure attachment through consistent and warm nurturing relationships. Follow Up: Ball pit play for babies.