- I have set up both the inside and outdoor learning environments at Country Fun Child Care to meet children’s needs at their developmental level.
- I provide activities that provide stimulation and minimize frustration.
- I make sure there are enough materials and multiple versions of favorite objects.
- I maintain adult to child ratios that allow children the amount of support they need.
- I constantly observe and evaluate the environment to anticipate problems before they occur.
- Whenever possible I modify the environment to meet the children’s individual needs instead of trying to adapt children to meet the environment.
- I provide a minimum of 60 minutes of active play outdoors if weather permits. Indoor space also allows for active play throughout the day.
Our bright active space, with 330 sq. ft.* of open play space, provides plenty of room for toys and equipment to be moved around or changed out (will probably not be in this set-up when you visit), as play of the children dictate.
* state requires 35 sq. ft. per child of inside space ~ I have square footage for 12, but have chosen to be licensed for 8.
Our space allows for active play, quiet spots for reading and technology usage and floor to table space for getting creative. Rest time occurs in a separate room off the front entry way.
The door pictured in above photo is immediate access to the back yard outdoor learning environment. So let’s head outside ~~~
Our fenced backyard area includes sandbox, climbing fort/+gyms, and ball areas. We are lucky to have this large green area with both sun and shade. We also have a paved drive area for scooters, bikes, dollhouse play and of course chalk. There is more green space and a great shady tree also on the driveway side of the house that is perfect for climbing and playing under.
We enjoy these spaces year round just as much as we can. Our acre of land is surrounded by working dairy fields and visited year-round by wildlife.
According to research (Fjortoft 2004; Burdette and Whitaker 2005), children who play outdoors regularly:
- Become fitter and leaner
- Develop stronger immune systems
- Have more active imaginations
- Have lower stress levels
- Play more creatively
- Have greater respect for themselves and others