Infant and Toddler Environments Interpreting Play and Exploration
Play and Exploration Vision Children and their Learning Experiences Children and their Relationships Children and their Environments
Play and Exploration Principles of Early Learning Children as Competent Learners Holistic Development and Learning Strong Positive Relationships Stimulating and Dynamic Environments
“ 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
Materials should be intentionally and thoughtfully arranged.
Shelves are not overcrowded so children are not overwhelmed.
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 safety.
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 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>
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 awareness and identity.
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 required for optimal child development </li></ul>