Infant and Toddler Environments Interpreting  Play and Exploration
Play and Exploration Vision Children and their  Learning Experiences Children and their  Relationships Children and their ...
Play and Exploration Principles of  Early Learning Children as  Competent  Learners Holistic  Development  and Learning St...
“ Respect for the image of the child as rich, strong, and powerful is fundamental in preparing an environment that allows ...
Materials should be intentionally and  thoughtfully arranged.
Shelves are not overcrowded so children are not overwhelmed.
Materials are accessible to the children.
Furniture is used to define play areas.
Books are present in the environment.
Similar materials are stored together.
Photos of the children and their families are present in the environment and displayed at a level where the children are a...
Plants in the environment
Shelves are low and baskets or buckets of materials are not too heavy for children to lift.
Storing materials in containers that are all the same, or clear,  allows the children to focus on the contents of the cont...
Baskets <ul><li>Baskets can be used to store materials in a neat and organized manner </li></ul>
Duplicates of popular materials are provided to avoid conflict and encourage positive peer interactions.
Materials provided are developmentally appropriate.
Music is present in the environment
Child Sized Seating
Seating options are provided for comfort and choice in the play space
Adult seating is also available in the environment to provide spaces to cuddle a toddler, feed an infant or read books tog...
Windows are low enough for infants and toddlers to be able to see out.
Natural light is important.
Peer interaction <ul><li>Materials are intentionally arranged to encourage interaction of small groups of children…  such ...
Materials that can be used in many different ways are ideal.  Consider the various possibilities of how this table could b...
Here is one idea… By adding plexi-glass over the materials, the children are able to visually explore materials which may ...
Windows between play spaces  This allows children to view others, including siblings, throughout the day which can be reas...
Decorate the walls with Real Art Work
Creating Art <ul><li>Children need spaces where they are able to create art, represent their learning and experiment with ...
A variety of art materials are available for the children to use.
Children need to be able to explore how materials, such as this marker, work.  How does it feel? Taste? Smell?
 
Explorations with Clay
Children’s art is displayed
 
Documentation, which highlights the children's accomplishments and activities, is present in the environment .
Children are able to see their names in print.
Sinks in the play space allow for easier clean up and supervision.  Child sized sinks allow for greater independence and s...
An open design allows staff to work cooperatively
Multipurpose <ul><li>Consider the floor space each piece of furniture takes and how it can be used </li></ul><ul><li>This ...
Opportunities to experiment with light allow for a feeling of wonder.
Mirrors in the environment are important for infants to learn about the environment and develop their sense of self awaren...
Mirrors can be used in various  areas of the environment
Mirrors low to the floor, or on the floor allow infants to view themselves as they move and explore.
Mirrors in corners allow viewing from multiple perspectives
Educators <ul><li>The educator is the most important aspect of the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive care is requir...
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Early Learning Environments

  1. 1. Infant and Toddler Environments Interpreting Play and Exploration
  2. 2. Play and Exploration Vision Children and their Learning Experiences Children and their Relationships Children and their Environments
  3. 3. Play and Exploration Principles of Early Learning Children as Competent Learners Holistic Development and Learning Strong Positive Relationships Stimulating and Dynamic Environments
  4. 4. “ Respect for the image of the child as rich, strong, and powerful is fundamental in preparing an environment that allows the child to be actively engaged in the process of learning.” (Fraser, 2006, p103) Children and the Environment
  5. 5. Materials should be intentionally and thoughtfully arranged.
  6. 6. Shelves are not overcrowded so children are not overwhelmed.
  7. 7. Materials are accessible to the children.
  8. 8. Furniture is used to define play areas.
  9. 9. Books are present in the environment.
  10. 10. Similar materials are stored together.
  11. 11. Photos of the children and their families are present in the environment and displayed at a level where the children are able to view them.
  12. 12. Plants in the environment
  13. 13. Shelves are low and baskets or buckets of materials are not too heavy for children to lift.
  14. 14. Storing materials in containers that are all the same, or clear, allows the children to focus on the contents of the containers.
  15. 15. Baskets <ul><li>Baskets can be used to store materials in a neat and organized manner </li></ul>
  16. 16. Duplicates of popular materials are provided to avoid conflict and encourage positive peer interactions.
  17. 17. Materials provided are developmentally appropriate.
  18. 18. Music is present in the environment
  19. 19. Child Sized Seating
  20. 20. Seating options are provided for comfort and choice in the play space
  21. 21. Adult seating is also available in the environment to provide spaces to cuddle a toddler, feed an infant or read books together.
  22. 22. Windows are low enough for infants and toddlers to be able to see out.
  23. 23. Natural light is important.
  24. 24. Peer interaction <ul><li>Materials are intentionally arranged to encourage interaction of small groups of children… such as this small table with two chairs </li></ul>
  25. 25. Materials that can be used in many different ways are ideal. Consider the various possibilities of how this table could be used.
  26. 26. Here is one idea… By adding plexi-glass over the materials, the children are able to visually explore materials which may not otherwise be safe.
  27. 27. Windows between play spaces This allows children to view others, including siblings, throughout the day which can be reassuring.
  28. 28. Decorate the walls with Real Art Work
  29. 29. Creating Art <ul><li>Children need spaces where they are able to create art, represent their learning and experiment with materials </li></ul>
  30. 30. A variety of art materials are available for the children to use.
  31. 31. Children need to be able to explore how materials, such as this marker, work. How does it feel? Taste? Smell?
  32. 33. Explorations with Clay
  33. 34. Children’s art is displayed
  34. 36. Documentation, which highlights the children's accomplishments and activities, is present in the environment .
  35. 37. Children are able to see their names in print.
  36. 38. Sinks in the play space allow for easier clean up and supervision. Child sized sinks allow for greater independence and safety.
  37. 39. An open design allows staff to work cooperatively
  38. 40. Multipurpose <ul><li>Consider the floor space each piece of furniture takes and how it can be used </li></ul><ul><li>This piece allows older children to play underneath while providing a safe space for younger children to rest and stay off the floor during active play times </li></ul>
  39. 41. Opportunities to experiment with light allow for a feeling of wonder.
  40. 42. Mirrors in the environment are important for infants to learn about the environment and develop their sense of self awareness and identity.
  41. 43. Mirrors can be used in various areas of the environment
  42. 44. Mirrors low to the floor, or on the floor allow infants to view themselves as they move and explore.
  43. 45. Mirrors in corners allow viewing from multiple perspectives
  44. 46. Educators <ul><li>The educator is the most important aspect of the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive care is required for optimal child development </li></ul>

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