We have a permanent home corner set up in nursery with a kitchen and living area, as well as a space for the children to put the dolls to bed, we have tried to make it as cosy as possible to replicate a similar environment to their own home. This will encourage the children to act out their experiences and use both familiar and unfamiliar resources to support their imagination. Attached to the home corner is a shop, this is stocked with real life food boxes, containers and bottles to buy or sell. The children often transport some of the resources to different spaces around the room so they can replicate going on a 'picnic' or being a 'teacher' and imitating key parts of the routine such as singing 'who is going to be the star of the day'.
Links to EYFS
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community.
- Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.
- Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g. building up a role-play activity and other children.
Communication and Language
- Understands use of objects.
- Questions why things happen and give explanations.
- Uses intonation, rhythm and phrasing to make the meaning clear to others.
- Uses vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them.
- Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.
- Uses talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play.
- Understands that equipment and tools have to be used safely.
- Dresses with help.
- Enjoys rhythmic and rhyming activities.
- Look at books independently.
- Handle books carefully.
- Hold books the correct way up and turns pages.
- Ascribes meanings to marks that they see in different places.
- Uses some number names and number language spontaneously
- Uses some number names accurately in play.
- Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set.
- Beginning to represent numbers by using fingers, marks on paper or pictures.
- Shows an interest in numerals in the environment.
- Use positional language.
Understanding of the World
- Shows interest in the lives of people familiar to them.
- Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experiences.
- Show interest in different occupations and ways of life.
- Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends and family.
- Shows an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects.
Expressive Arts and Design
- Sings a few familiar songs.
- Notices what adults do, imitating what is observed and then doing it spontaneously when the adult is not there.
- Engages in imaginative role play based on own first-hand experiences.
- Use available resources to create props to support role play.