IF I, store materials and get them out, then it is a caregiver directed environment, where children will rely on me for everything. If I store materials in containers where the children can get the items out for themselves it is child directed. Child directed helps a child be responsible for themselves, it helps them learn to self-direct, to be self regulated.
Each child should have a storage space in the daycare. It can be big baskets on a shelf, cubbies, a place where they can keep their things.
It is nice to use things like old tv cabinets to re purpose into art storage cabinets. I think we should remember if it is a home, it should feel like a home upon entering. So soft colors, and natural wood can blend with the home, and using furnishings like baskets to keep children’s play things in works well.