Developmentally appropriate, safe materials and equipment are available to all children. Materials and equipment that project heterogeneous racial,sexual, and age attributes are selected and used. Materials and equipment should reflect the diversity that exists in society and avoid stereotyping of any group. Materials are selected to emphasize concrete, experimental learning and to achieve the following goals:
Foster positive self-concept
Develop social goals
Encourage children to think, reason, question, and experiment including numeracy skills
Encourage language development and literacy skills in English and in the child’s home language, as needed
Enhance physical development and skills
Encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety, and nutritional practices
Encourage creative expression and appreciation of the arts
Respect cultural diversity
Child-initiated activities are planned for 60 minutes, which allows children to initiate play using various materials and activities. Children can choose their own activities and/or from teacher’s planned activities. Staff respects the child’s right to choose not to participate at times.
Inventory materials/equipment at the end of each program year using inventory list supplied by Central Office. List indicates developmental appropriate materials/equipment that should be available in all classrooms. (seeSetting up the Physical Environment policy; Classroom Environment policy)
Notify RM and/or Early Childhood Education/Disabilities Consultant of need for additional and/or replacement items.
Ensure there are sufficient materials and equipment to meet the cultural and developmental needs of the population served, including children with disabilities.