Learning Environments

Learning Environments

Learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the development of all young children. They include classrooms, play spaces, areas for caregiving routines, and outdoor areas. Learning environments are well-organized and managed settings. They offer developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and indoor and outdoor chances for choice, play, exploration, and experimentation. Learning environments include age-appropriate equipment, materials, and supplies. They integrate home cultures and are flexible to support the changing ages, interests, and characteristics of a group of children over time. In home-based programs, the learning environment includes the home, community, and group socialization spaces.

Outdoor Play and Exploration for Infants and Toddlers

Learn about benefits of outdoor time for infants and toddlers. Find suggestions for creating outdoor play spaces, safety considerations, and strategies and policies to support quality infant-toddler programming.

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Continuity of Care

Center-based programs can use these resources to support decisions about implementing continuity of care and choosing the best type for their program.

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Designing Environments

Learn about features of the physical and social classroom environment that maximize young children's engagement and learning.

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Nature-Based Learning and Development for Teachers

Research suggests that spending time outside can enhance a young child's health and readiness for school. Watch this video to learn how to use the natural world as a learning tool with children.

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Learning Environments

Topic:Learning Environments

Resource Type: Topic Page

Last Updated: December 7, 2019