Narrative observation

Topics: Developmental psychology, Play, Child development Pages: 2 (502 words) Published: October 1, 2014
Appendix 1
Name of child:  Ruby
 Age: (3:5)
Ruby climbs up the stairs of the slide holding the bars with her hands and sits on the edge and then slides down. She then climbs up the slope from the bottom and then slides down again laughing as she does so. She repeats climbing up the stair and this time goes on her front and slides down body faced downwards. 

Appendix 2
Name of children and ages:  Sara- 4.8; Tessa – 3.9;  Dawn – 3.5 Sara is playing in the nursery garden as it is time for free play. Since she is the oldest child in the nursery, a lot of other children enjoy following her and taking part in her role play activities as she is good at directing play and is imaginative.Sara [4.8]  runs up behind me with a piece of a pipe in her hand and takes hold of my hand with her free one. She tugs me forward.               Sara: “Look out miss Marian! There’s a fire behind you! Run! Quick!” I turn around and pretend to be scared.

 Me: “Oh no Sara! What shall we do? How will you save me?!” Sara: “Don’t worry, my team is here, you won’t get hurt. Just follow me!” Dawn comes up behind me as well with a pipe in his hand and pushes me.  Dawn: “I save you! Come on! Run!”

I quickly follow Sara, who has become the leader of the “fire fighters” and am followed by Dawn and Tessa who are part of the team. Sara leads us towards the Wendy house on the other side of the garden.   Sara: “Come inside miss Marian, you’ll be safe here. I’ll look after you”.  I pretend to be deeply traumatized and followed Sara into the Wendy house. Sara: “Stay here, ‘cause the fire will hurt you. I have to put out the fire! Come Tessa, lets go!! Dawn, follow us in the fire engine!” Sara runs to the other side and Dawn and Tessa follow her. They run to the other side of the play area and pretend to put out the fire. They make “wooshy” sounds as if the water is spurting out of the picks. Two minutes later the bell to signal the end of play...

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