ERIC Number: ED156356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
Concept Paper on the Effects of the Physical Environment on Day Care.
Prescott, Elizabeth; David, Thomas G.
This paper presents a discussion of the effect of the physical environment on children receiving day care services. Various dimensions of the physical environment which may affect the well-being of infants, preschool and school age children in group or family day care settings are examined. The focus is on the overall well-being and development of children rather than on questions of health and safety. Included in the review are current practices in designing and licensing day care settings, recommendations intended to improve the quality of the day care environment, and current research evidence which suggests ways in which the Physical environment affects the behavior and development of children as well as the behavior of the adults involved in their care. Also included is a discussion of the usefulness of the Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements (FIDCR) as a means to control the quality of the physical environment in day care programs. These issues are examined under six major headings: indoor space, outdoor areas, play equipment, questions of organization and program, contextual constraints, and recommendations for changes in the FIDCR as they relate to the physical environment. (BD)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Child Development, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Classroom Environment, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Environmental Influences, Equipment Evaluation, Family Day Care, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Infants, Interior Space, Physical Environment, Preschool Children, Quality of Life, Standards
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health , Education, and Welfare, Washington., DC. Office of the Secretary.; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements
Note: Filmed from best available copy; For related documents, see ED 149 861 and PS 009 986 - PS 010 006