V. Program Environment


V. Program Environment: The program establishes a stimulus-rich learning environment that supports each child’s physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social development.

Component A: 
Physical Setting

The program provides a physical environment conducive to learning and reflective of the developmental and functional needs of each child.

Quality Indicators:

Check (3)  if implemented

  1. The environment is safe, clean, attractive and comfortable for children and ensures their personal health and safety.

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  1. Space is arranged to encourage interaction among children, allow flexibility in grouping and foster exploration and learning.

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  1. Classrooms are divided into interest areas that address basic aspects of children’s play and development. The location is carefully planned to provide adequate space in each area, easy access between areas and compatible activities in adjacent areas.

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  1. An outdoor play area (at or near the program site) has adequate space and materials to support various types of play. A variety of equipment for riding, climbing, balancing, digging and playing is available.

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  1. The environment reflects the homes and lives of children in terms of culture and language.

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  1. Sufficient space is available for staff collaboration and sharing of information.
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  1. Modifications are made in the physical environment as needed so that each child can participate to the fullest.
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Rating for Physical Setting:

1

No
Implementation

2

Minimal
Implementation

3

Moderate
Implementation

4

Complete
Implementation

5

Exemplary
Implementation


Component B:
Materials

The program makes available developmentally and functionally appropriate learning materials, media and technology, including adaptive devices, equipment and assistive technology.

Quality Indicators:

Check (3)  if implemented

  1. Materials are of sufficient quantity, variety and durability and appeal to multiple senses. They include manipulative, open-ended and authentic items.

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  1. Materials are systematically arranged and accessible to children.

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  1. Materials are matched to the developmental and functional needs, interests, cultural backgrounds and learning styles of children. They are rotated and adapted to maintain children’s interest.

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  1. Staff members assist families in identifying materials for use at home that are safe, durable and facilitate children’s learning and exploration.

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  1. Materials and equipment are adapted when necessary so that all children can participate in play, mealtime and learning activities.

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Rating for Physical Setting:

1

No
Implementation

2

Minimal
Implementation

3

Moderate
Implementation

4

Complete
Implementation

5

Exemplary
Implementation