Julia Manning – Morton writes that “the physical environment in a setting impacts directly on the quality of practice, making environment a critically important component that practitioners need to plan for and review regularly.”
•Store resources in accessible containers that are clearly labelled
•Provide children with their own basket or drawer to store their precious items safely
•Provide each child with a coat peg and area to store spare clothes
•Teach children where to find things and support them in tidying up with you
•Observe the environment from a child’s height, can you reach resources and see displays •Use posters, photographs and interactive displays to stimulate interest •Make sure the setting is clean, tidy and inviting
•Rearrange your environment to create distinct activity zones including quiet areas and messy areas
•Create boundaries to different areas, with shelving, furniture, fabric or different floor surfaces
•Create softness with drapes, cushions and rugs •Make areas flexible to accommodate groups of children with varying needs
•Create clear floor areas to support developing skills by reducing the number of tables and chairs
•Invest in folding tables for use at meal times
•Ensure furniture is correct size for children
•Observe how the children use the space and rearrange cramped or unused areas
•Arrange furniture to provide hand holds for toddlers
As a team, observe how children are using the environment, and then work together to involve children in planning activities/experiences:
•Draw a plan of your setting, note where there are entrances and exits, toilets, sinks, fixed units and storage areas. Distinguish hard floor and carpeted areas, mark electrical sockets and windows.
•Make several copies of this plan so that you can experiment on paper before moving everything about!
•Think about where care routines, eating and sleeping will take place.
•Mark in the main flow of travel through the setting. If pathways are well defined, children, including those with developing movement skills, can move easily through the setting.
•Arrange activity areas around the room, not just the edges with empty space in the middle.
•Think about the different types of areas to include, such as a quiet area, an active area, creative/messy areas, a construction area, an eating area and a book area. (Refer to further ideas section on page 22).
•List what resources are used in each area, and note how these will be stored. Storage needs to be safe, attractive and easily accessible for the children.
•Plan a time to rearrange your setting, some changes can be made easily, others will have to be made over time.
•One of the quickest and most effective ways to transform a setting is to de-junk! Get rid of broken and incomplete resources; reject any resources or furniture if they are unsafe or rarely used. Group resources together and label storage clearly. Use shelf tops and window sills for interesting and attractive displays.
•Arrange your areas; make sure there is room to move around freely. Think about the different types of areas to include, such as a quiet area, an active area, creative/messy areas, a construction area, an eating area and a book area.
•Introduce the areas to the children. Explore them together to see what you can do and find in different places. •As time goes by, review how the areas are being used, what impact have your changes had on the children? If an area is not well used consider why and redevelop it. Above all have fun and enjoy the transformation!
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