Child-led interest - Hospitals
A child’s visit to the doctors sparked a discussion about “check-ups” which began with the idea to change our home corner into a hospital. Using their problem solving abilities, research, planning they were able to produce a replicate of a hospital complete with a heart monitor, oxygen mask, x-ray department, and a reception area. With the amazing help from parents who donated medical equipment, bandages, oxygen mask, plastic syringes, dressings and medical information our hospital was transformed into a unique learning environment, with distinctive role play scenarios.
Researching the role of both a doctor and a nurse with the aid of books the children got the opportunity to learn many interesting facts in connection with how our body works medical emergencies, treatments and usage of medical instruments which included the use of a stethoscope, cast and checking our pulse. The learning opportunities were overwhelming, developing the children’s skills in many curriculum areas. With a hospital comes emergencies, and so the children are researching “rescues”, having a rescue dingy within nursery enable children to get real sense of a rescue and the equipment that is required and so the learning continues.
To the Rescue