The very youngest children in our school will often develop patterns of repeated behaviour within their play which are called Schemas. Staff observe children closely to look out for these schemas in order to provide further learning opportunities which match children’s fascinations. Resources and materials presented, will closely match the play patterns that children are developing. For example, the fascination of Enveloping could be supported by the provision of sheer scarves for placing gently over faces or by the provision of boxes and other interesting containers with lids to place objects in to. Staff spend time collecting good quality and as natural materials as possible for our young children to use whilst developing specific patterns of play.
Children in the baby room spend time finding out about objects that roll by exploring the schema of rotation. Lots of baskets are always on hand in the baby room for those that love to transport objects!