MU 2.8 – 1.1PAGE 6
positive environment is somewhere that develops a child as a whole. The environment should be attractive but also safe, secure and support each area of a child development. Physical environment is the responsibility of the adults and their team making sure it contributes to providing each child with positive outcomes in learning and development. Some examples of a positive environment would be:
Place activities to encourage development
make sure outdoor surfaces/ areas are safe.
Make sure there is space between activities so children and adults can move freely.
Make sure the environment encourages children to problem solve and think creatively.
MU 2.8 – 1.2
Heating – Temperature at 15ºC – 18ºC or 20ºC – 22ºC for babies
Fire guards in front of fire
Radiators and pipes covered
Smoke alarms and emergency equipment available
Lightning and Electricity
All areas are well lit for full viability
Current breakers for all electrical equipment
Window opens when necessary to circulate air so that there are no draughts
The space used must meet basic requirements
Lock and toughened glass on windows
Doors and Gates
All the external gates and doors locked and coded as appropriate
Handles and locks out of reach of children
Safely gates to BSI standards
Toughened glass when necessary
Outdoor and Indoor Surfaces
Soft under climbing equipment
These must be kept clear, unlocked and made known to all children and adults, including visitors in the case of an emergency evacuation.
MU 2.8 3.1 PAGE 7
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