The Infant Series: Making it the best we can for our Youngest Citizens (Three Part Series) Session Three

The Infant Series: Making it the best we can for our Youngest Citizens (Three Part Series) Session Three

Session 3: Beautiful spaces for infants: Making the indoor and outdoor spaces magical

Description

It was Stendhal who famously said ‘beauty is the promise of happiness’, and such a statement captures the essence of the environment and its purpose. When we create spaces for infants there are some words that come to mind including beautiful, magical, enchanting, surreal, comforting and embracing. Now turning this into reality is exciting and challenging.  For the spaces to become all we desire we need to think intentionally about the resources including soft furnishing and furniture and how these work in synergy with each other. When it comes to the outdoor environment we encounter similar challenges for infant spaces but equally an abundance of opportunities as well. In this session, we will:

  • Explore how to set up beautiful indoor and outdoor environments for infants
  • Examine resources which ooze beauty
  • Interrogate the relationship between the environment and teaching and learning

 After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key design features when creating beautiful environments for infants
  • Discuss with colleagues the key design features used to set up an indoor and outdoor environment for infants
  • Collaboratively plan for and set up an indoor and outdoor environment for infants that incorporates these features
  • Describe how the indoor and outdoor environment enhances teaching and learning for infants

 

The Australian Professional Teaching Standards

NSW: Completing this course – Beautiful Spaces for Infants will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: APTS 6.3.2 & 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Other States: Completing this course – Beautiful Spaces for Infants (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.3.2 & 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

  • APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice
  • APTS 6.4.2: Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs

 

The National Quality Standard

This course aligns with:  

  • QA 1.1: The educational program enhances each child’s learning and development
  • QA 1.2: Educators facilitate and extend each child’s learning and development
  • QA 1.3: Educators and co-ordinators take a planned and reflective approach to implementing the program of the child
  • QA 2.1.1: Each child’s wellbeing and comfort is provided for, including appropriate opportunities to meet each child’s needs for sleep, rest and relaxation
  • QA 3.1: The design of the facilities is appropriate for the operation of the service
  • QA 3.2: The service environment is inclusive, promotes competence and supports exploration and play-based learning
  • QA 4.1: Staffing arrangements enhance children’s learning and development
  • QA 5.1: Respectful and equitable relationships are maintained with each child
  • QA 6.1: Respectful relationships with families are developed and maintained and families are supported in their parenting role
  • QA 6.2: Collaborative partnerships enhance children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing

 

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