ERIC Number: ED370686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Planning Appropriate Learning Environments for Children under Three. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets, No. 1.
This booklet provides suggestions for reassessing, modifying, and arranging child care center environments to best serve the needs of children and staff. The booklet notes that a well-planned environment can provide young children with appropriate and challenging learning experiences within a consistent and secure setting. Such an environment also allows staff to become involved in meaningful, intimate interactions with children by reducing the time required for organizing and reorganizing furniture, rooms, and equipment. The booklet recommends that the ideal center include distinct areas for: (1) active physical play; (2) manipulative play; (3) messy and creative play; (4) kitchen or dramatic play; (5) quiet play, music, and storytelling; (6) personal storage; (7) curiosity and sensory activities; (8) outside world or real life experiences; (9) seclusion; (10) eating; (11) diaper changing and toilets; (12) sleep; and (13) dressing and undressing. Sample floor plans are provided. Contains 22 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, School Organization, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Toddlers
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.