The Physical Environment Supports The Developmental Appropriate Practice

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The physical environment supports the Developmental Appropriate Practice Principals of, “all areas of development and learning are important” and “Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation and promoting language, cognition and social competence” ” (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2009). However it does not support the principal, “development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural contacts” (NAEYC, 2009).
The physical indoor environment supports the principal of “all areas of development and learning are important” (NAEYC, 2009) as it is set up to include several different areas of learning and development. Each section provides experiences and opportunities to develop different skills. For example, the dramatic play area (section two) encourages social/emotional development as it allows children to act out their real life experiences to make sense of their world. Through building structures in section four, children are engaging their cognitive and creativity skills. Section five’s open-ended materials and large space to explore these materials gives children the opportunity for inquiry based learning and problem solving. The outdoor environment also provides a variety of experiences that challenge the children’s learning and development. For example, there are flat areas and an area with small hills. The play structure offers a variety of challenging options like stairs and climbing bars.…

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