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Authors have argued that early childhood environments can be either - pleasing or not - attractive or not - give you joy or not. The early childhood environment is the ‘third teacher’. It can bring hope and inspiration to the child and teacher or can leave them with despair.
There is much to think about when it comes to the ways in which early childhood environments are provisioned. Educators make choices regarding what equipment to purchase, which resources to offer children, and how to make spaces beautiful. We believe that every child has the right to beauty. However, what one person deems to be beautiful another person may not, and here is, where the challenge begins.
It is time to clean up our act and provide children with an amazing educational environment, which lifts their spirit. Although, provisioning this space can be challenge for a number of reasons, including: the absence of a vision, a lack of inspiration regarding what the space can look like, or a lack of synergy amongst the team. Let’s also remain aware that the outdoor environment has rights too and needs the same level of attention to detail as the indoor environment.
In this workshop, we will explore:
- What is the role of the early childhood environment in facilitating learning
- What does beauty look like?
- How do we turn the ordinary into the extraordinary?
- How do we get the whole team on board for a transformational journey related to the environment?
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Identify the impact environments have on teaching and learning
- Articulate with colleagues the changes needed in your learning environments
- Map out a change plan for both the indoor and outdoor environment
- Identify the seven principles of great design
- Select equipment and resources that engage the minds of children and assist in learning
The Australian Professional Teaching Standards
NSW: Completing this course – Creating Beautiful Learning Environments for Children will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: APTS 6.2.2 & 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Other States: Completing this course – Creating Beautiful Learning Environments for Children (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing:
- APTS 6.2.2 & 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.
- APTS 6.2.2: Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities
- APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice
The National Quality Standard
This course aligns with:
- QA 1: Educational program and practice
- QA 3: Physical environment