As you think about your environment, you may find this checklist useful for self-assessing quality in your environment and making an improvement plan. The checklist is based on the NAFCC Accreditation Observation Checklist.

FCC Environment Checklist



Town Square Research to Practice Statements offer information from theory and research with examples and suggestions for what it means in your work with children. This RtoP focuses on the importance of a Home-like environment for children.

Home-like Environment

This article from Child Care Information Exchange has great ideas and advice for designing your family child care home environment in creative and practical ways.  This is a great resource for a provider who is just starting out, or for someone who wants to rearrange or reevaluate their existing FCC environment.

Designing the Family Child Care Environment by Hazel Osborn

The environment that children spend most of their time in is very important. First, it must be clean, safe and hazard free. In a family child care home, special attention is required when children of varying ages will share the same space. Environment not only refers to the physical space but also refers to how it is organized and set up for optimal learning. Both indoor and outdoor play areas should be inviting to the various ages of the children. Town Square encourages you to provide a home-like environment that makes children feel comfortable and welcomed, whether this is in your whole house or in a specific area of your home. The DCFS licensing requirements state you must have at least 5 interest areas with corresponding materials available to children at all times. So make your environment a statement of what you want for children in your home.