Enabling Environments

17 February 2015 By In Blog Studies
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Pre-school learning can be nurtured if children are provided with an environment that fulfills their demands. Hence, enabling environments play a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. Such environments persuade young children to play because they feel relaxed, content and happy with their surroundings. When children feel emotionally safe and secure they are able to explore; they can observe, experience and manipulate.


Alia, aged four, enters her new pre-school classroom and looks around and tries to understand what happens? She wants to know whether she belongs here and if this place is going to be interesting. Alia will discover the answers through her interactions with the physical environment of her classroom. If she spends her day in an effectively designed environment, she will be physically, emotionally, aesthetically, and intellectually nurtured. Thus, this effective and appropriate environment can maximise her learning, helping build her intellectual potential and provide a foundation for the development of her emotional security.

Today's young children are spending a large number of hours in a "new" environment that begins from the age of three; attending childcare in infancy can be hours spent wisely and it only depends on the space being carefully designed to create the "best" place possible for young children. 

Pre-schoolers are active learners who continue to examine materials while beginning to use objects in more complex combinations. Specific age-appropriate and design techniques, when combined with caring teachers, can help the environment become a wonderful place for nurturing the development of young children.

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