A Stimulating Environment


The childcare and education environment may be the only place outside the home where the child is left without his main care giver. Childcare workers should plan and create an environment that is caring, stimulating and attractive for children in order to increase the child’s feelings of security and well-being. Members of staff must also ensure that the centre meets the National Standards of health and safety legislations.

Babies, toddlers and also members of staff will thrive best in an environment that supports children’s active learning and development, together with a welcoming and comforting home-like environment. Good use of space, time and resources promotes children’s safe and eager participation. Staff members must continuously assess and manage well any possible risks children might encounter in the center, in order to enable them to freely choose activities, test their skills and make new discoveries of the area within safe boundaries. In well-organized settings, adults must work together in a team to promote children’s learning. Key areas of responsibility are shared respectively and also good adult to child ratios enable sustained interactions. The officer in charge must also spend time with staff and children in order to know how the setting is doing and where improvements are needed.

Young children require both indoor and outdoor space in order to develop their physical, intellectual and social skills. The outdoor play space should be safe and secure, provided with variety of age appropriate toys like slides,

tricycles, hula-hoops and pushing toys. There should also be shady areas to provide cover on hot days, and covered areas for when the weather is wet. Growing plants can also be of great achievement for children, investigating the living world and increasing knowledge of how seeds develop into plants, but adults must ensure that only non poisonous plants are planted. Sand trays and water play facilities...