During early childhood, the main ingredients in forming friendships are opportunity and similarity. To become friends, children need to be available to each other for play and other activities. Children become good friends when they spend a lot of time playing together, sharing toys, and enjoying the same games and activities. Children who are in a nursery setting spend more time with each other and therefore have more opportunities to form friendships. Children’s social contacts increase dramatically when they enter nursery, where they encounter a much larger group of peers.
Friendships formed at Puddleducks extend beyond our setting, as many friendships are forged between families due to children’s friendships.