The pre-school is in a small predominately-white rural village with a high ratio of staff. We use a key person system working within the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS), promoting the five outcomes of Every Child Matters. We use learning through play, risk taking (physically, emotionally and intellectually), creative thinking and listening to children to create a “whole child” philosophy. In partnership with parents who continually inform staff of their child’s welfare, disposition, activities and any concerns.
Differing types of observations build a picture of an individual child’s learning, extending learning experiences for all and curriculum planning. We note daily, which resources children are accessing and what interests the
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She is also aware of the rules of the setting, which allows drawing on cardboard boxes, independently accessing resources and negotiating with others about whether to use crayons, pencils or felt tips. OC is able to express her opinion but it is more rhetorical than directed at any one person. She uses her gross motor skills well moving in and around the boxes selecting a suitable box to sit in and draw on. Using felt tips to make meaningful pictures on the box, demonstrating an ability to use tools and mark making. The quality of pictures in conjunction with the high level of concentration observed shows that the OC disposition is of a child, who thinks things through, takes time, and makes a concentrated effort. Distracted by others giggling she asks the question of an adult “What are they doing?” rather than the other children would suggest that she is more comfortable talking to adults.
Looking at observation 2 in the appendix, I observe that although the behaviour of second child is very dominate that the expression on OC face is of indifference and appeals for help only when the other child continually ignores her. There is a non-verbal expression of “what can you do” when the adult has assisted that shows that the OC is more amused than offended by the more dominate child. The OC is often seen playing less dominate roles but more out of