By Ruth Forbes
This booklet explains intimately how the play of infants and extremely young ones might be supported. spotting the an important hyperlink among communique and play, it encourages practitioners to acknowledge and reply to play indications initiated by way of the child. starting to Play is key studying for these operating or aspiring to paintings with infants and extremely young ones.
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Extra resources for Beginning to Play (Debating Play)
Language describing young children’s play needs to be acknowledged and shared. Practitioners can begin to do this through discussions and written observations, photographs shared can help to describe a speciﬁc moment or example and can help parents describe play behaviour seen at home or elsewhere. Notice boards, information about policies and procedures, and newsletters and reports could be shared in a range of media to include words, pictures and photographs. A shared language in an early years setting is essential.
Talking with parents is crucial, whether it be at the front door of the setting, on the telephone, informally or formally, about the countless issues and ideas to do with the play, care and learning of their baby or young child. This will be something all practitioners and managers of early years settings are familiar with. When I talked to one group of parents about their reasons for choosing day care (Forbes 1993), 65 per cent of them told me that they had chosen their current nursery on the recommendation of another parent.
It is the beginning of making connections. What is this baby or young child interested in? What can I do, and how do I begin the building of this relationship? ‘And me’ is not just about babies relationships with early years practitioners, it is about the relationship practitioners need to develop with parents and families. Goldschmied and Selleck (1996: 12) talk of the ‘triangle of trust and communication’ needed between the parent, practitioner and baby. I think this is crucial before any play can begin.
Beginning to Play (Debating Play) by Ruth Forbes