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Even though childcare centres are about loving and nurturing children, it is also about teaching them. The learning environment of a childcare Centre is incredibly important for ensuring that children, even in the earliest months and years of their lives, are surrounded by a stimulating and healthy learning environment. Children absorb information and knowledge from the time that they are born, making it extremely integral to varied areas of their development that their homes and childcare environments are designed in a way that nurtures their knowledge at every stage of their lives.
Why is the learning environment for children important at early stages?
While we’ve mentioned before that the learning environment of childcare centres (and homes) is important to the development of a child, how specifically does it impact them? Here are a few reasons why you should pay special attention to the learning environment of your children’s childcare centre.
- Increases their cognitive abilities and improves their behaviors
- Helps them to develop healthy habits
- Aid their understanding of mathematics and helps their literacy
- Improves their social skills as well as their communication and relationship skills
- Builds their life-long love of learning
For the reasons listed above, you should ensure that the childcare centre you select has the elements that we will discuss below. If you are a childcare centre, take the following tips into consideration as they will help you to provide a stimulating and healthy learning environment.
Here are 4 tips for creating a healthy learning environment at your childcare justify:
Pay attention to the carers and educators that you employ
The children who attend your daycare will spend the majority of their time with carers and educators that you hire at your centre. These roles will be responsible for ensuring that children meet specific age-specific milestones, teaching children in a variety of ways and taking up learning opportunities. They are primarily responsible for the development and education of children and thus, should be hired with the utmost care. Although carers and educators at a childcare centre must meet specific minimum standards and qualifications, you should also pay attention to their demeanour and commitment to caring for children.
Incorporate healthy foods and drinks into their routines
Teaching children about health and nutrition is important for raising children who don’t only have a healthy perspective on food, but who understand whether their food comes from and why it’s important. Breakfast, lunch and snack times are important learning opportunities that should be used to teach children how their food reaches the table and what different foods are (including the food groups).
Provide stimulating indoor and outdoor experiences
Children learn best through play-based learning experiences. One way through which this is facilitated is exploratory play and by being in stimulating environments. Ensure that your childcare centre’s indoor and outdoor environments contain elements that allow constructive play and exploration such as sand play, dramatic play and painting. Indoor and outdoor stimulating environments should facilitate both teacher-led and child-initiated play to properly capitalise on the concept. As children love learning through play-based play and in their stimulating environments, we suggest that you invest in these facilities heavily.
Take a personalized approach to each child
Each child learns differently. Some may learn better through play, while others learn more effectively through structured teaching. To create a learning environment that is conducive to everyone, you should incorporate a variety of teaching methods so that each child learns equally.
Early childcare centres play an important role in the emotional, cognitive and social development of a child as well as the physical, so you must select one that is in alignment with development rgoals for children. Remember, child care centres are meant to help a child and are more effective at nurturing a child’s development than if they are simply left at home.