D.3. Setting the Stage for Play and Learning

Both the indoor and outdoor areas are thoughtfully arranged for children’s play and learning.  As you enter each classroom you will notice that furniture is strategically placed and arranged in interest areas.  In our youngest infant classrooms, areas are divided with shelving and gates. All furniture and materials are placed at the child’s eye level to support independence and a sense of belonging. There is a sleeping, eating and floor play area. Specific materials are placed in the infant play area that are responsive to their individual needs and development in the areas of physical, social and emotional, and cognitive skills.   As children age the interest areas become more defined and greater in number.  In the preschool rooms you may see interest areas such as a block area, house area or dramatic play area, a table for sensory experiences, or art and writing tools.  All classrooms have a book area and a science area to explore nature and concepts of measurement and physics. Even the hallways, entryways and classroom walls are part of the learning experience, laced with children’s art work and posters.  The outdoor playgrounds also provide a variety of equipment and interest areas for each level of development.