I have learned to think creatively when setting up my childcare space. My environment is both child-centered and family oriented. Spaces can be used for both child engaged and learning activities and for family time when children are present and when they are not present. There’s furniture in place to accommodate both children and adults and though set up in a center-like environment other spaces are set up for family. Child-size furniture is appropriate for the ages of children using it but the adult furniture is also adequate for children’s use. Couches and chairs for both children and adults can be use for multi purposes and most don’t have to be moved or rearranged when children are not present. All furniture maintains in good repair and meets all safety regulations and standards.
I have learned to create spaces that are easily transitioned and can be transformed into multiple uses. I have learned that it is important that the outdoor play space encourages physical growth and development, supports self-regulation and is organized for safety and developmentally appropriate practices.
I’ve learned that it is important to organize space that is appropriate for children’s learning and exploring. I have to keep in mind the health and safety of the children and ensure the I consider developmentally appropriate practices and the children have materials and activities that help learning across all domains.
I have to keep in mind the supervision aspect of the environment, make sure there’s an emergency plan in place and complete in overall inspection of the childcare space prior to children arriving including checking the electrical cords and outlets, all exits and windows, kitchen and bathrooms and diapering areas, sleeping areas and don’t forget to check the outdoor play area as well.
I must also consider the health aspect of providing quality care by make sure I offer proper nutrition in being safe with food preparation, offering healthy meals and snacks and keeping prep areas cleaned and sanitized to reduce risk of contracted diseases.
Also learned to keep in mind developmentally appropriate practices by having enough materials to engage all children in ways that are consistent with or match their abilities and offer cultural diversity.