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.
About the Research in Practice Series:
The Research in Practice Series is published four times each year by Early Childhood Australia.
The Research in Practice Series is a practical, easy-to-read resource, offering effective new approaches for those challenging issues which arise in the care and education of young children. Each issue explores current and emerging research on a specialised topic within early childhood education and care and translates it into practical case studies, ideas and strategies for modern pedagogical practices.
Each issue can be purchased individually, or subscribe to receive a publication every quarter. Additionally, all subscribers to the Research in Practice Series receive access to specially developed presentations designed to take learning further, perfect to be shared during team meetings. To learn more about subscribing, click here.