Learning Environments


This module focuses upon the quality of the physical and environmental contexts where children engage in physical activity and play. An analysis of the pedagogical framing of the indoor and outdoor spaces considers how the environment, the relationship between different spaces, the availability of learning materials interact with child emergent interests to promote, agency, mastery and the promotion of well-being from birth to six years of age.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify physical sites (indoor and outdoor) for inclusion in a child-led learning environment which will nurture interpersonal-relationships.

  2. Understand the child and adult perspectives in planning and using space.

  3. Explain how to organise, equip and manage inclusive environments with young children and adults based upon an affordance approach to create open interactive spaces.

  4. Define the concept of the environment as the 3rd teacher (Reggio Emilia)

  5. Discuss international models of design of space and building for/with young children, with particular reference to Scandinavian/European, US and British models.

  6. Demonstrate the value of listening to children when planning and designing indoor and outdoor spaces.

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