The physical environment is a powerful influence on our work with children. It shapes the behaviour of educators and children alike and plays a key role in the effectiveness of early childhood programs.
Rich and inviting environments engage children in meaningful and interesting experiences, helping to develop curiosity, creativity and problem solving skills. Importantly, the physical environment also provides a concrete insight into our beliefs about children and learning. It is a physical expression of our philosophy and as such presents a powerful first impression to children, families and others who may visit our settings.
In this book we consider how to create ‘living spaces’—learning environments that are alive with possibilities, that truly support children’s learning and that welcome and engage educators, children and their families.
Topics covered include:
- organising space and time
- principles of room arrangement
- creating social spaces
- spaces for babies and toddlers
- resources and materials for learning.
Also available in e-version here.