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This assignment will be based on observational accounts of 2 children within my setting.[p1] Showing the learning and development of the child and how to progress them further.

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Part 1 Introduction This assignment will be based on observational accounts of 2 children within my setting.[p1] Showing the learning and development of the child and how to progress them further. In this TMA all names have been changed to protect identity. The setting, children and parents have given us their consent to activities being used in this assignment and participants were told they could withdraw at any time. I shall use letters to represent the children's names. Part 1 Analysis of children's learning and development The area in which this observation will be based is; * Play The child chosen is within my key group. From the evidence, it can be looked at to see how we can develop this play further to benefit this child. Observation 1, is based in child J's playroom. It is free play, allowing the children in the room to choose toys for them to play with. Here the child as an individual or a group of children can interact with each other on their own terms and are able to lead their own play without adult input. Here is where the constructive view is used. '....we can play a role in encouraging children to find things out for themselves, to provide good opportunities for exploration and to allow plenty of practices to consolidate their learning.'(ST4,P98) In observation 1, the area has been created to encourage learning opportunities for children. Child J chose this activity to play with at his own level. '.... Children should be encouraged to make choices about which space they occupy.'(ST10,P94) The activity can promote his creative play by exploring sound, movement and song. ...read more.

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'.....parents have been encouraged to express their views...'(ST9,P62) We also offer an informal parent's evening, where all parents are welcome to come for a chat about their child's progress. All practitioners and manager's are present so parents can speak to their child's key person if they would like to. It is important to work in partnership with parents as '....neither the practitioner nor the parent is seen as 'knowing best'-each has a distinctive perspective on the child that complements the other.'(ST9,P61) By working together effectively as a team, it will benefit the child's learning and development. Parent-Practitioner collaboration can be important to children's identity, self-esteem and psychological wellbeing'.(ST9,P63) From looking at the observations I have recorded, play is important because that is how children learn through play. Child J is playing and learning different things by doing this. Children should engage in play as it broadens their experiences and exploration of their environment. By providing child J with the freedom to explore independently in observation 1, child J is demonstrating his play by being 'the Piagetian child.' He is playing alone and is happy to explore and experiment with objects before bringing others into to his play. In his play he demonstrates the connection schema, distribute and collect objects to and from a practitioner.(Appendix 1,Observation 1)Child J presses the button on the Dora doll to make it work so he can dance and joins in the adults by passing them ducks.Through child's J's play in observation 1 he is able to express what he knows and understands about the environment around him. ...read more.

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Practitioner T brings child E back into the room. Practitioner T sets up the laptop for child E to watch a DVD. Practitioner T gets a selection of DVD's off the shelf and puts them in front of child E to pick which one she wants child E points to Peppa Pig and makes a snorting sound. Child E sits herself down on the small sofa's and starts watching the DVD. Every time Peppa Pig makes a snorting sound child E giggles and makes the sound herself. Child E gets up off the sofa and climbs back onto her bed, practitioner T asks child E "are you going back to sleep" child E responds with a smile. Child E points to the laptop practitioner T asks child E if she wants it brought to her bed, child E nods her head. Child E watches the DVD for a little bit longer then child E gets up and starts to move about around the room. Practitioner T rolls a ball to child E and child E starts screeching with excitement. Child E is getting a little bit too loud so practitioner T takes her out into the hallway to continue their game. Child E is kicking the ball around the hall as child E is doing this she is laughing the whole time. Practitioners are coming in and out of their rooms and child E stops what she is doing and says "hi" to them. Appendix 3 Nursery weekly Planning Meeting Room: Baby Week Commencing: January 2012 Staff Present: TR [p1]KU2 [p2]KU4 [p3]KU7 [K4]PS1 [p5]CS2 [p6]CS3 ?? ?? ?? ?? Observing and Assessing E1OO-TMA03 1 ...read more.

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