A fun way of introducing your child to the doctors’ surgery is to set one up at home and take turns in role playing the doctor and patient.
Below are some examples of how role playing a doctors’ surgery fits in with the national curriculum for the “early years foundation stage”.
Areas of learning and development
Communication and language
•Name body parts.
•Discuss illnesses with the “doctor”.
•As the doctor, ask the patient questions.
•”Understand the importance of physical activity”. Talk to your child about keeping fit and healthy.
•”Make healthy choices in relation to food”. Discuss the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet with your child.
•Practise dressing and undressing dolls or teddy bears that might visit your “surgery”.
•Use stethoscopes and other equipment to assess the “patient’s” state of health.
•Give your child a pad of paper and a range of writing tools to write out “prescriptions” and make notes. This might mean that they use developmental writing which means nothing to you, but is an important step in learning to write. Ask him/her to read it out for you. As they get older they will start using phonics (letter sounds) to help them write or they may ask you for help with spelling. If they ask for help, encourage them to think about letter sounds as you write them. They will feel as though you have written it together.
•Look at books about body parts and about going to see the doctor.
•Reading the numbers on the height chart and tape measure.
•Introducing the idea of measuring.
•Using language such as taller and shorter, bigger, smaller, fatter, thinner.
Understanding the world
•Encourage your child to ask questions and to think about the sorts of things the doctor might say or do. It is a great way of finding out any worries your son or daughter might have about visiting the doctor.
Ideas on what you might use to create your surgery:
A small table to write on and a chair each for the doctor and patient.
A pad of paper and pencils, crayons and pens to write with.
Bathroom scales to weigh the patient.
A tape measure to check the patient’s height and other measurements.
A height chart to measure the patient’s height.
A stethoscope (either an old one bought from eBay or a toy version).
Thermometer (a toy one or a safe digital one).
Bandages and plasters.
Posters advertising healthy food and exercise etc. (Get your child to design and make these)
An eye chart.
Plus anything else you can think of. I would love to know how you get on, so please tell me in the comments section. If you have any other ideas please feel free to comment and I will try and incorporate them into the post.
Primary Treasure Chest has lots of posters, flash cards, eye charts and other things that you can download and print out to use in your “surgery”.