3.1 explain the features of an environment or service that promotes the development of children and young people
Planning an environment for children and young people requires a significant attention. The term ‘environment’ is more than just a furniture or the activities. Environment should be:
1. Stimulating and attractive: as young children learn through using their senses, it means environments for them should be interesting and visually attractive
2. Well planned and organised: working with children requires great organizational abilities- babies need to be fed when thay ae hungry, toddlers get restless and older children need opportunities to explore. To accommodate this, we need to plan effectively and everyone within the setting needs to be organised.
3. Personalised and inclusive: this means thinking not only what is available to children, but also how things can be accessible to all children.
4. Encouraging and practicing participation: our bath House nursery is a welcoming place, where everyone feels that they are valued and that they belong. Settings, which encourage participation look for ways of helping children to learn about valuing others.
5. Regulatory requirements met: in our nursery this will include following EYFS, health and safety legislation and other policies which are understood by practitioners and implemented.
6. High-quality policies in place and followed: policies must be also reviewed, updated and evaluated to check for effectiveness
7. Varied: we need to vary the provision and maintain children’s interest.
8. Meeting individual and group needs
9. Providing appropriate risk and challenge: it is important for kids to experience situations in which they are learning to evaluate risk for themselves (for example I might encourage a child to climb a tree with a supervision, or to jump off a low wall)
10. Involving parents and carers appropriately: as parents play the most important role in their children’s development,...