Play, by Alix
As the nursery English teacher here at Dadi Prestige, I’ve been thinking lately about what types of play I’ll likely be facilitating in my class. While there are several types of play to be seen, those most likely to be observed in a nursery class of 18 month to 3 year olds are solitary play and parallel play.
Of course, each child develops at a different pace so this is not definitive. However, they are the types of play that we are most expectant of and are building our classroom, activities and first term’s unit around.
Solitary play is a type of play primarily engaged in up until the age of 2 years. A child will play alone and will not interact with others, allowing them to develop skills of independence. To facilitate this type of play, the classroom is filled with many activities that are best suited to one child at a time. This includes many sensory exploration items and several engaging types of blocks/building materials, just to name a few.
Parallel play is likely the next type of play to be seen in a nursery class, typically seen from the age of 2-3.5 years. When participating in parallel play, children continue to play on their own, however they are often in close proximity to other children who are playing with the same toys. As this is an extension of solitary play, many of the activities we have in solitary play, we have multiple of. This includes magnetic tracing activities, block sets and letter identification.
In planning the term 1 unit, many of the day to day lesson activities are based around solitary and parallel play, and allow children to work on their independence while also beginning to form the basis of interactions and social skills.
We look forward to showing you what we’ve been working on very soon!