Creating Affirming Environments

I have had a home child care before so this is something that I have looked at in the past. The important things to remember is that the environment is inviting, child friendly, and functional. Making sure that you have materials that represent the different cultures of the families you are currently caring for as well as ones that you are not is important to creating an anti-bias environment. It is also important to separate the home day care section from your family living. Keeping business and personal space separate is important especially if you have your own children.

Family Child Care Home Elements:

1. A schedule should be posted so that parents have an idea of what their children are going to be doing during the day. I also would have a lesson plan posted so that they know I have taken the time to think ahead and plan and that the children will be learning while they are playing and interacting with one another. Also, encourage the parents to talk to their children about the schedule and point out the activities they will be doing.

2. Learning Centers are also important to have. These centers help parents see and understand that the children will be learning different things and stimulating their minds throughout the day. Basic centers such as practical life, manipulatives, gross motor, science, and art are good to start with.

3. A quiet area to nap is important. It can be within the same area but it needs to be free of constant traffic and noise. Soft, gentle music helps the children relax. I have always liked to play soft jazz for them to listen to. The children should be allowed to bring their favorite blankets and stuffed animals if helps them feel more comfortable.

4. Bringing family photos into the learning environment shows the children their backgrounds are relevant and can be shared in the classroom. It is also comforting to them if they can talk about their families throughout the day by looking at the photos and telling you who everyone is.

5. Books, puzzles, dramatic play props are all resources that should be present and represent a variety of families and cultures. These materials will help build upon an anti-bias curriculum while representing many of the different cultural and family backgrounds that are represented in society today. Children should feel that they are part of the classroom while they are in your care.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mkelly07
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 12:09:15

    April,
    You point out a lot of great things that need to be remembered when setting up a child care center in your home. I never thought about the importance of separating the childcare center from the family living space. Thanks for the insights!

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  2. Erica Hines
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 19:22:12

    Hi April,
    I agree with your posting the first thing that a child center should exhibt is the friendly safe and secure environment. It seems as though you have really thought about what your plans would be for a childcare center.

    Again great Post.
    Erica Hines

    Reply

  3. Leslie
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 23:26:34

    Thanks for the information April. You are well appreciated.

    Reply

  4. ecsthrumyeyes
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 14:00:43

    I like how you provided detailed information as to what is considered important to have in a home childcare setting. I agree that each element you touched base with is vital to having a smooth and developmentally appropriate practice.

    Reply

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