At St Edmund's we operate a Buddy scheme. The aim of Buddies is to have older children helping the younger ones have positive experiences of playtime.
Children from the Junior classes apply to be Buddies to children in the Infants and have to demonstrate why they would make good Buddies and what skills they can bring to the scheme. Once appointed, Buddies operate on a rota basis, spending morning and lunch breaks organising and playing games, assisting children who are having friendship issues and generally ensuring all children have a happy and enjoyable playtime.
There are zoned areas around the playground and these are where children who are perhaps not being included in games or feeling left-out can go and join in with selected games on offer. The buddies really enjoy their responsibilities, and not only do they make the playground a happy place for all the children, but also offer a great help to the staff on duty at lunchtime.
What is their role?
- To help all children to learn how to play co-operatively with each other.
- To help children resolve minor conflicts.
- Teach children to play a wider range of games.
- To help children make more friends.
- Most importantly, be available as a friend to all the other children.
How do we spot them?
Buddies wear hi-viz jackets on the playground so they can be spotted easily.