The indoor and outdoor spaces will provide safe physical environments that are conducive to learning and reflective of the different stages of development of each child. Appropriate space and materials will be provided to conduct a variety of activities that promote development in each developmental domain. Functional areas allow for individual activities and social interactions. The physical environment supports positive behaviors. The environment also reflects acceptance that supports and respects gender, culture, language,ethnicity and family composition.
- Ensure safety. (see Playground Safety policy)
- Ensure that teachers have an unobstructed view of the children at all times.
- Show visual reminders of behavior expectations. Displayed at children’s eye level or with the teacher (key ring, rule strip)
- Define each space (e.g. large group planned activity sand and water play, wheeled toys, garden, playing games, pretend play)
- Create easy to follow traffic pattern (to and from classroom, trikes, around play structures)
- Equip areas (e.g. buckets, shovels for sand play, bring instruments/ radio, large art area, dramatic play props like firefighter hats, books)
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1304.21.(a), (c), 1304.53It was approved by Policy Council on April 8,1997.Updated July 6, 1999. November 15, 2000. July 16, 2002. July 2008. September 2009
Updated August 2013.
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