What is meant by a positive environment?
A positive environment is a happy place. A happy environment is a setting that has structure and routine so that children can rely on a secure environment. Always looking at the positive in everything that children do can help them to be more confident. A positive environment can also help to stimulate children and in affect make the children want to learn more.
Also, for a young child the environment is particularly important. For example, the size of the classroom and outdoor play areas, the colours of the walls, the type of furniture and flooring, the amount of light and the number of windows all influence how children learn. While it is important to create an attractive environment, everything should be safe, secure and have a purpose that supports each area of the children’s development.
Describing how to create a positive environment:
* Welcome parents and involve them in their children’s education.
* Warm, relaxed, happy, friendly and welcoming environment and staff.
* Staff should work effectively as a good team.
* Positive behaviour – staff should always be positive and good role models e.g. no shouting, manners, no violence, etc.
* Lots of colour and activity, children seeing their work displayed up on the wall will encourage achievements, helping to develop and promote creativity and self-esteem.
* The environment should be safe, hygienic and child friendly.
* Well ventilated, with natural light and to always be bright and lovely looking.
* Useful resources to reinforce their needs such as stepping blocks to toilets and sinks for washing hands.
* Celebrating diversity and valuing the children’s individual needs, and be free from discrimination of any kind.
* Equal opportunities.
* Children should be stimulated, through both activities and their surroundings.
* Staff members should work effectively as a team.
* All staff should be well trained and...