November 2018 Inspired Practice Winners

Documenting Daring Deeds & Dastardly Dealings Creative Kids & Co This is a story of two parts, inspired by a children’s play and the quest to find ever more meaningful ways to document the everyday experiences that support well-being, development, and learning. Part one shows us how children’s play scenarios develop and expand when they have […]

November 2018 Inspired Practice Winners

Documenting Daring Deeds & Dastardly Dealings

Creative Kids & Co

This is a story of two parts, inspired by a children’s play and the quest to find ever more meaningful ways to document the everyday experiences that support well-being, development, and learning. Part one shows us how children’s play scenarios develop and expand when they have the time and space to play, and when adults join in with a childlike enthusiasm and sense of fun. Part two shows us how these professional pedagogues recognise how a play situation can be appropriately extended and documented in a way that supports children’s learning.

The fun starts with the children building a castle and leads to the knights protecting their king and kingdom. These playful educators recognise a time and place when their intervention is appropriate. In this case, it is when “a thief” needs to be apprehended. Their supportive intervention extends the play and leads to an exciting chase. With the play scene over for the morning the educators consider effective and meaningful ways in which the story can be documented. They come up with the idea of a comic book. This comic format engages the children allowing them to repeatedly read, relive, reflect, and discuss the play episode they enjoyed so much. They also get to share it with parents and families. As they share it with us, we get to see their curriculum in action and the willingness of the educators to be playful in their work.

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Recycled Rooms – Where are the Chickens?

Niall Mor Community Childcare

For some settings heuristic play is embedded in everyday practice for other settings it is a new concept waiting to be explored. This was the case for Niall Mor Community Childcare, as they undertook training with Donegal Childcare Committee. Inspired by their introduction to the benefits of heuristic play the whole centre team jumped in at the deep end to provide heuristic play opportunities for children across the setting. Not content to provide a heuristic basket of natural objects in each room they decided to dedicate a whole day to an immersive heuristic experience and turned each room into a heuristic playspace. Through this story we see how children of every age benefited from this experience and how their different abilities and interests led to such a wide range of experimental play. We see their imagination, and creativity came to the fore and how previous experiences like being introduced to new born chicks remained in their memory. While we appreciate how the children from babies to after-schoolers benefit from this play, what also shines through is the commitment, capability, and camaraderie of the team at Niall Mor who work together to provide great experiences for the children and families they work with.

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