Sadly, Rosewood Cottage has had to shut its doors this term, due to COVID-19 restrictions. We were so lucky to have the first five weeks of the term to come together and deepen our connections. It was wonderful to see the children bonding and engaging more with each other in their play. I noticed parents seeking each other’s company more than ever, sharing support, warmth and laughter. We also enjoyed crafting whales, dolphins, kangaroos and brumbies out of the beautiful felt we made.
First thing in the morning, as the children arrive at Playgroup they head straight for the shelves and baskets. Here we see self-initiated play at its best, with its quality of attentiveness and the absence of premeditated purpose or set goals.
Self-initiated play is how the young child makes sense of, and processes experiences from, everyday life. It activates an inner mobility, particularly if we are using ‘open-ended’ toys such as cloth, rocks and sticks. It is deeply satisfying and empowering. Allowing children the time and space to experience the sense of wonder and deep nurturing that quality play can bring, is one of the keys to healthy childhood development, and something that is being lost amid the busyness of modern family life.
In Term 3, the children have been full of spring energy and enjoying exploring their physical strength. Gardener Renate had many helping hands with the mulching (pictured above) and the children had fun with the garden trolley, transporting their friends around the yard. When the billy cart got stuck as it was driving over the bridge, the children discussed how they were going to solve the problem and soon had it back on the road.
We hope to be able to welcome our Playgroup families back to Rosewood Cottage soon.