A developmentally appropriate and engaging environment is one that:
Is safe and predictable
Children thrive when they feel safe and know what to expect. Transitions should be smooth, easy, and stress-free.
Create a welcoming environment where children are encouraged and responded to, to support a strong self-image and positive interactions with others.
Focuses on the learner
Display their work! Children’s work and projects should be posted around the environment to inspire creativity and innovation.
Provides a variety of materials
Provide access to a variety of developmentally appropriate materials in the space where they can use them independently.
Offers varying types of activities
Include a mix of activities based on children’s interests in a variety of experiences such as whole group, small group, playing in pairs, or independent instruction to support problem-solving, collaboration, and communication.
Select materials and activities that reflect all cultures and families within the community to support children in becoming global citizens. They should also reflect all types of learners and children with disabilities.
Build an environment where children learn to use technology that is age/ developmentally-appropriate, monitored, and contains educational and positive content to enhance creativity and information gathering.
Allows for free movement
Allow for children to move throughout a space and support them as they investigate their environment.