Blog Observation Series are fictional pieces of work, and form the journey of a newly qualified Playwork Assessor.
Welcome to T in Series 2
T approaches a boy, he remains standing while looking around the play space. T moves away, and collects a chair which she positions in view of the door entry to the setting, and observes other children’s movements.
A child is moving slowly on carpeted area with soft cushions. T turns her head and observes the child’s interaction with the toy from about two meters distance. The child touches the toy, T continues her observation. T moves slowly towards child, and kneels down onto carpet, T smiles and reaches hand out towards child, no verbal communication. Child H looks at T, and returns a smile and walks towards grandmother. T returns to chair.
Other users arrive and position themselves on the ground on soft padded area with large cushions and rattlers, a child is being fed by mother while she talks with three workers. A baby has remained stationary for a period, I notice that T has positioned herself to retain eye to eye with child, and has brought herself down to his level, child able to pull himself up. T offers child mirror, and has positioned it for child to view themselves. T also moves and rolls sensory bell towards child. Three more children arrive accompanied by a female adult. T removes her shoes and stands on carpet area.
H’s mother approaches T, she says that “H had his speech therapy this morning”. T enters dialogue with mother about H’s therapy progress. There are now 8 children present.
A mother is talking about her son with a staff member. She say’s “A cannot start school until he is 5 years old”. A sits on a table in front of me in a school uniform. I ask T whether A attends the setting regularly, T says that A is 4 years old and has an older brother, possibly the uniform belongs to him. T and staff welcome all the children and female adults by their first names.
Another child D’ in a buggy arrives to setting. T is looking towards child and makes eye contact. T is retaining contact, she then walks towards child and places her hands on her cheeks and moves them in an outward motion. D looks at T, T is repeating previous action. D is laughing. T repeats action for a third time, and then performs a small star jump. D laughs out aloud, his legs and arms are now moving in various directions. I ask T about the visual interaction with D, and his response. T tells me that D has a hearing impairment, and that his response was due to him being familiar with her face.