A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

Creating Effective Environments

A child's environment affects their development and behavior. Well-planned, indoor and outdoor environments make it easier for children to learn, to get along with one another and become independent. Effective environments can also make things easier for the child care provider.

A quality learning environment should send these messages to children:

  • This is a good place to be.
  • You can trust all the big people in this place.
  • You can be independent and do many exciting things that will help you learn.
  • You can get away and be by yourself or be with friends whenever you want to.
  • This is a safe place to explore and try out your ideas.
  • Everything here is for you and you can use it whenever you like.
  • You know where things are and they're always in the same place.
  • This is a happy place that helps you learn new things.
  • Somebody knows you and know what you like to do.

Welcoming Features of a Well-Planned Child Care Environment Include:

  • Defined Play Spaces that offer challenging play opportunities and promote acceptable behavior.

  • Defined Quiet Spaces that allow children to take a break and refocus their energies, while at the same time can be supervised by child care provider.

  • Curriculum & Activities that are age-appropriate and support Early Learning Guidelines.

  • A Variety of Equipment and Play Materials that are age-appropriate and accessible by children.

  • Children's Artwork and other colorful, realistic pictures and photographs displayed at children's eye level.


Training Recommendations

Visit the Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Training Center to search and register for training related to creating effective environments.

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