Reflecting on Play

For some time now, a small group of Montessori practitioners has been engaged in observations and discussion of children’s play as witnessed in Montessori settings. We are keen to extend this group and invite you to join us in “telling a story” of children’s play as we are returning to our setting following lockdown.

We are eager to capture this unique time in history when, after suddenly being stranded at home, where children have found new joys as well as experienced frustrations as they shared their days, weeks and months with their families, they now rejoice at returning to nursery and seeing their friends and teachers. With less pressure on working to a planned schedule the children appear to be revealing strong tendencies and dispositions towards rich play, deep engagement and enjoyment of being in their enabling environments – often outdoors.

We are also reflecting on the feelings and observations of practitioners, who, having had to find new ways of communicating with the children and their families during lockdown, have been reminded of the importance of care and education. This is a unique feature of early childhood, where the children’s wellbeing combines meeting the daily routines and needs with significant moments of discovery, creativity and joys of play.

And what about the parents? Have they come to understand a little more about the key contribution practitioners make, not only to their children’s learning and development but also to their sense of belonging? Are parents appreciating opportunities to engage in their work with the feeling that their child is being well cared for and given opportunities to blossom in all aspects of their development?

Interested in being part of this group? Email us for further details.