A good place to be a child: Creating effective early learning environments

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According to architect Christopher Day, a building for small children must be magical and full of reverent wonder, like an ancient fairy tale.

The physical environment—often known as the ‘third teacher’—is a key factor underpinning good practice, and the way in which it is organised can shape children’s behaviour as learners. A carefully planned and well-organised environment can offer a range of learning experiences for children and adults alike.

In this on-demand webinar, Dr Luke Touhill talks about creating effective early learning environments that can capture the image of the child and shape the behaviour of both children and adults. He also examines what makes a successful learning environment.

This course will help you: 

  • reflect on the thinking that goes behind the environments educators provide
  • understand how the environment you provide reflects and supports your image of the child
  • discover the ways in which the physical environment shapes the behaviour of children and adults.

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Dr Luke Touhill has worked in the early childhood education and care sector for more than 20 years as a teacher, director, manager, trainer and lecturer. He earned a PhD from Macquarie University through research that investigated the design of children’s services in Australia. He strongly believes that an organised and well-resourced physical environment influences the quality of education and care practices.

Additional information

Presented by

Dr Luke Touhill

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 2: Children’s health and safety, Quality Area 3: Physical environment

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning, 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

Course Duration

60 Minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework

Level 3