Educators also provide an established environment that is rich in interesting, relevant materials and equipment that are open ended.
The environment’s natural features are nurtured and protected. Aesthetics of the environment are important.
Lack of clutter and thoughtful presentation of objects and materials highlight educators respect for the environment, for children’s work and staff’s workplace and as a welcoming space for families and others.
The environment also reflects the cultural diversity and heritage of families within the Centre and of the wider community.
A carefully planned and well maintained environment enables:
- children to play and engage with materials in ways that foster curiosity and manage risk taking
- children to understand and care for their environment, leading to a lifelong respect for the environment, themselves and others.
- natural materials such as sand and clay, blocks, fabric and recycled materials and the use of paint and drawing implements to provide the daily tools children use to express their thoughts and ideas
- children to use their imagination and thinking abilities to investigate all the possible ways of how these materials can be used
- the use of indoor and outdoor spaces allowing children to have ready access to materials and equipment
- stability of the environment, materials and equipment. This provides children with time to become familiar with materials, to practice new skills or to reflect on and revisit ideas and consider possibilities for deeper or different meanings
- educators to add interest, complexity and challenge through adding materials to provoke new ideas and extend the possibilities of an investigation