The 2019 Child Birth Development Conference was an interesting and memorable event for community leaders and school district administrators. The conference provided an opportunity to learn and explore birthing practices, childbirth development, and strategies to help better serve children from zero to eight years old of age. The participants had the opportunity to connect with other community leaders across the state that were also focused on sharing and learning child-rearing, childbirth development, and early childhood learning environments.
Early Childhood Environments
Nurturing and safe environments are vital in supporting the development and learning of babies and preschoolers. These environments help avoid challenging attitudes and function as a primary component of interventions for babies and young children, including those with disabilities. The Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices states that environmental practices refer to parts of the materials, space, routines, activities, and equipment that families and practitioners can deliberately modify to support children’s learning and development. Sadly, a lot of practitioners are uncertain about how to create an environment that reinforces their children’s learning at all age levels. A nurturing and well-designed classroom environment:
- Drives staff efficiency
- Reinforces responsive caregiving
- Cultivates independence in the young
- Reduces challenging behavior
- Drives children’s engagement
- Encourages positive social interactions among the young
To establish an environment that is appropriate to the development and learning of babies and preschoolers, these three components – physical, social, and temporal environments – should be meticulously structured and administered. Of course, the design of the classroom must depict its program’s goals, philosophy, and mission. For instance, a program that focuses on enhancing children’s math skills is most probably to highlight the availability of learning materials associated with numbers, shapes, and patterns.
In addition, if international schools inspired this program’s mission and goals, students will learn appropriately through hands-on work with the proper materials, instead of learning traditionally through face-to-face instructions.
Children With Disabilities
A safe, responsive, and well-structured learning environment is an important first step in embracing children with disabilities in childcare and preschool settings. If it does not have the inclusions necessary for disabled children to succeed, administrators and teachers should make modifications to augment their participation in daily routines, interactions, and school activities. These modifications may be small and easy to implement, but they may also lead to quick improvements.