• Iris Windsor

The Journey to Socialisation



At Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, we watch as children move from parallel play to engaging socially with each other


At first, a child will watch adults and other children do things and will often mimic or copy behaviours.


Between 2 years and 3 years of age, children play happily alongside other children their age. You can observe this in the playground, during family gatherings, and even at daycare.

You may notice they make very few attempts if any to play with others. This is parallel play and is both a normal and important step in child development.


This behaviour gives a child a glimpse into social interaction. These observations will be put into good use when the time comes when they are developmentally ready to enter into group play


Children are possessive of their toys and an important step is allowing them to protect what is theirs by saying"mine." At this time, however, it is important to help them to understand that articles brought into a common area can be safely shared without fear of losing it or having it taken away.


Skills they are learning are negotiation, turn-taking, supporting other personalities and inclusive practice with peers. Children get to this stage of engaging socially and playing with others once all of the milestones are met.


Our philosophy at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, is based around secure attachments to educators, peers, and the environment.

To learn more about us, at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, go to https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us

Or give us a call on 07 5471 6500. We would love to hear from you


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