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Olsen, Heather – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Can teachers of young children create stimulating and enriching outdoor environments that are also safe? This article highlights early childhood outdoor safety standards and presents a framework for creating quality and SAFEā„¢ outdoor environments in early childhood programs that support children's interest and best practice. The outdoor…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education
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Olsen, Heather; Thompson, Donna; Hudson, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood programs strive to provide good-quality care and education as young children develop their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual skills. In order to provide children with positive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, educators ensure the safety and security of children, indoors and outdoors. The outdoor…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Supervision, Young Children
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Olsen, Heather; Donaldson, Ana J.; Hudson, Susan D. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
Early childhood educators are responsible for providing young children with the best possible early care and education. Research on child care workers' education has shown that professional preparation makes a significant impact on children's cognitive and emotional development (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC],…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Early Childhood Education, Online Courses, Young Children