Written by Justine Mason, CORE Education, February 2011
The provision of an early childhood environment for infants and toddlers demands a great deal of thoughtfulness on the part of adults, as very young children are reliant on them for creating an
environment where they:
Te Whāriki offers a description of what this might mean for infants:
"a predictable and calm environment that builds trust and anticipation" (p.22),
and for toddlers:
"a secure environment and a programme that provide both challenges and predictable happenings" (p.24).
In this section our focus is on creating learning environments specifically for infants and toddlers. The ideas, resources and discussion offered will provoke thinking about designing and creating learning environments that nurture trust, curiosity, creativity, engagement, communication, social competence, and persistence.
A sense of place
The early childhood environment can contribute toward a growing sense of belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand for our very young children - how should we be promoting young children’s connectedness with features of Aotearoa New Zealand?
Heuristic play and treasure baskets have become a popular part of the infant and toddler curriculum in Aotearoa, New Zealand.