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Landscape for learning: The impact of classroom design for infants and toddlers

In this article, Torelli & Durrett, consider what makes an effective learing environment for infants and toddlers.  This includes the planning process and design, spaces for movement, collaboration, storage and supervision, concluding:

"A developmentally designed environment supports children's individual and social development. It encourages exploration, focused play, and cooperation. It provides choices for children and supports self-directed learning. A developmentally designed environment also supports the caregiver-child relationship. It minimizes management and custodial activities, allowing caregivers more time for interaction, observation, and facilitation of children's development."