• Is the mealtime environment relaxed and enjoyable?
• Is there enough space for everyone (including you) to sit comfortably and promote conversation
• Is the room or eating space bright and attractive?
• Have you selected and arranged food in ways that make meals interesting and fun?
• Are there places for children to be alone?
• Are there places where children can be with only one or two other children?
• Can you change the mood of an area by changing the amount of light or rearranging furniture?
• Is there an open area large enough for all the children to sit, dance, or play together?
• Are materials readily available and easy for the children to find and return?
• Does your outdoor environment connect children with nature through natural elements?
• Are there places outdoors where children can be involved in a variety of sensory experiences such as
smelling flowers, touching textural things, or hearing animal sounds?
• Does the outdoor environment support both children’s quiet or passive play and their active play?
From Family Child Care Homes: Creative spaces for Children to Learn by Linda J. Armstrong, © 2012.
Published by Redleaf Press, www.redleafpress.org. This page may be reproduced for provider use only.
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