Can someone who has been doing early years for years move over to playwork and just get it? Is it good for the play environment if they don’t or will the children just play around with it?
Going back in time:
Having the opportunity today to go back to my old club I was welcomed by alot of shouts as I walked in the door, the children happy to see me which is always a bonus. As I entered the children were sitted eating tea together around tables, with only one member of staff in that I previously worked with I was expected to explain who I was but nothing of that sort the children did the explaining . The children remained sitted once sitted and shortly after the ‘boss’ shouted out ‘Its someones birthday today shall we sing happy birthday?’ the children quickly begin to sing different versions of the song which was short lived when the same ‘boss’ asked the child if he would like the group to sing to him of which he replied ‘No’ ‘Ok well I think we will anyhow because it wll be nice’ already the child had his hands over his head and I was wondering what was going on, with the boy unhappy and put on the spot and when given the choice of being sung to and to have it ignored either way I wondered what the point was of even asking him.
The children finished and had cakes handed round which offered lots of conversation for different flavoured cakes that the children had tried or would like to try, ending with disgusting flavours like strawberry poo.
The children rushed outside straight after finishing and started grabbing tennis bats and balls, no footballs as these are banned! Hard balls which are only allowed on the field when dry and soft balls only being used in the hall rather than outside, I was in shock by this. Making the most of the time I had I was approached by one of the older boys ‘Can you play IT with us’ I replied ‘we best check its ok for me to play before I do, but I would like to yes’ As I went outside I passed by the member of staff checking it was ok ‘Yes (said looking at her watch) You have ten minutes before tidy up time’ Once again I was shocked what was this tidy up time, how things had changed was this how afterschool clubs were run? As playing I asked one of the children what tidy up time was and got a great response ‘Its something the adults want us to do but we don’t, we hide’ I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard this.
As the evening moved on and the game annihilated itself, I left back inside to get the chance to grab a chat with the old member of staff and asked about the changes of which seemed like everythign was so set in routine and set timings for things to be done and no space for flexibilty.
As I looked outside the children were gathering toys up and bringing up to the shed, this was Tidy up time!
Still lots of great stuff going on though, with the children full of energy having been recharged from the cake they charged around jumping from obstacle to obstacle to get away knowing I couldn’t jump as high as them, the children yell different words playfully as they run. I try to out play them by pretending to give up and even pretending to hurt my leg but they remember this all to well and start to shout more ‘you can’t get us!’ the playfulness was amazing.
To be continued…
Is football play?
Ok so with Euro 2012 going on at the moment I have found myself completely immersed by almost every game on the TV screen, as someone that shows an interest in football naturally this isn’t unusual. I find myself rushing out of work dead on time to be ready to watch any game possible and being gutted if I miss kick off. This being the case for many others aswell but what about the professional footballers, Is it play for them or are they merely just working