Our Koala group seems to have finally settled down in terms of numbers and with that comes more chances for social interactions and sometimes conflict. As the year has progressed the children have moved from solitary and parallel play to social and interactive play. It has been wonderful to see them running around outside in groups and interacting at the tables inside; Helen and I are so proud of their progression. There has been some conflict and it has come to a head at the beginning of Term 4. During our group time, we have sat down and discussed how we use gentle hands if we touch someone else, but we really shouldn’t be touching anyone anyway. We even discussed how some children like hugs and others do not and decided to ensure that we always ask first before hugging – Would you like a hug? We ended with an important reminder of what to say when someone is doing something we don’t like – Stop it, I don’t like it! The children suggested to try moving away from the person and then telling a teacher.