Indoor Environment

Indoor Environment

14 November 2019

Indoor environments can be set for children to be inspired to interact, play and learn. At Nurtured at Home we are committed to provide quality care and education and our Visiting Teachers work with and alongside Educators to ensure that the home environments are welcoming, peaceful, and engage children to explore and play.

When children are engaged and participating in activities, experiences and with others around them, then we know that they are learning.  We support Educators with access to a variety of quality resources and provide ongoing learning and ideas for play using recyclable materials and the natural environment where children can participate in the process of planning, creating, and using their imagination.

Educators provide the time, space and access to a variety resources, so that children can engage in play that at times may be unexpected and/or unanticipated.  Setting an environment for learning through play is an important part of early childhood education.  There are different types of environment that we might consider:

Physical Environment – the actual place and how it is arranged

Interactional Environment – the social interactions that take place within the environment

Temporal Environment – the routines and times that occur within the environment

When we are aware of how the inter-relational types of environment may influence children’s play, then we can be more responsive to their needs and allow children to decide how the resources and space may be interpreted and used.  Following the children’s interests and responding appropriately gives children the opportunity to make decisions, hypothesise, plan, negotiate, socially interact, and use a range of language to articulate their thoughts and ideas.

By not having preconceived ideas as to how the play may evolve, adults are better able to adapt in their role as a learner with and alongside children.  This means children feel supported in a positive environment to experiment, explore, and have fun whilst learning and gaining new knowledge about the world around them and how things work.