This morning the children from the Joeys room came over to the Possum room outside playground. When Sandra opened the gate the children excitedly ran through to play. Most of the Possum children were playing in the sand pit and Elliot went over to join them, Pico and Grace were building a volcano with the sand. Elliot started tap the top of the volcano as they added more sand. Jenayah and Nevaeh joined Pico and Daphne who were building a volcano, Jenayah was adding more sand to the volcano while Nevaeh was patting it down. Pico was organising where the sand needed to go and Daphne was organising the water to go around the volcano. Hunter and Kavith discovered a tray of water play in the sand pit with trucks inside and they started adding more sand to the tray to drive the trucks on. Near by Grace was filling up her bucket with a space to use the water with Portia to make cupcakes with the sand. Over at the table there was Duplo set up- Prisha was sitting and building, Mila came over and was handing her the blocks to use. Mila sat down with Prisha and they enjoyed spending time exploring what they could make with the Duplo. Pila and Elya found the plastic building set on the mat and spent time working out how to put them together. At one stage they were using the orange pieces as phones and they looked so cute having a conversation on their "phone". Down in the bottom area of the playground James, Rudra and Josh were playing together, they were using the blocks as guns, they were pretending to be Policemen. James explained that the "guns" were water ones used to put out fires. They spent the morning going around the playground putting out "fires" with their water guns. After the morning of fun explorations the Joeys stayed and had lunch with us in the playground.
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Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect. The Possum room children love having the younger Joeys visit us in the playground. They help guide the younger children in their play and being Kindness role models.
WE RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTACHMENT We take the time to get to know each child and their family Trusting and secure relationships are the foundation of all that we do We believe that positive, strength based and nurturing attachments enhance learning and enable educators to best support children in their explorations, play and development We value social connections and support children as they establish and maintain relationships with their peers We provide a safe and loving environment for children to grow, learn and develop
CRITICAL REFLECTION: The children in the Possum room love having the younger children come to play in our playground. They are using the skills they have learnt in our Kindness programme to be role models and help the younger children during play. FOLLOW UP: Have the younger children visit our playground regularly to play with the older children.