Early Childhood Environments

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Early Childhood Environments Design and Facilities Management Investigation Project Instructions Section 1- Environmental and Facility Design Theoretical Perspective: A quality early childhood environment should be secure and have space that provides a variety of learning experiences and opportunities that meet the physical needs of children. When creating rooms it is of great importance to think about the physical needs of the children. There will be four individual classrooms for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children with at least 50 square feet per child with the exception of infants they will have at least 60 square feet of space. According to (DCFS, 2004) there should be at least 35 square feet per child two years of age or older. For infants there should be 25 square feet of play and 30 square feet of sleeping area. All classrooms will have sliding glass partition walls for easy viewing inside each classroom. Acoustical surfaces that minimize noise levels in the classrooms will be built in the walls, and each room will have the following spaces sand and water play, art, music, dramatic play, manipulatives, science and math, block, and woodworking areas. The use of lofts, risers, and ramps will be added to give more options for grouping and activities. The infants on the other hand will have an open activity area that provides them opportunities for discovery and learning. This area will be a safe, soft, print rich stimulating environment where babies can crawl, explore and interact with teachers (Bredekamp, 2009). The color of the rooms will be warm and inviting provoking happiness, calmness and excitement. There should be samples of children’s thinking and feeling in many areas of the room, art work, conversations, drawing and photos should be displayed (Wien, 2005). All
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