Being a Child Development Specialist in Alberta has given me the opportunity to wear many hats in my field. One of which was as quality support manager a few years back. My role was to go into the different centres and ensure that the environments in each room were safe, creative learning spaces that met the needs of that specific age group of children. I would work with staff, take the actual rating scales back to the manager and then come up with a plan to bring the standards of the room to excellent.
Daycare spaces and home playrooms are not much different from one another. Children learn through play and so it is important that any environment that they spend time in "playing" is the best space to meet their individual needs and keep them interested. Playrooms actually have an advantage over playschool, preschool or daycare rooms because they are 100% catered to meet the needs of YOUR child and their interests. As a parent it is your role to ensure that their interest is always documented either in your mind, on paper or any other creative way. It is with this information that you are able to continuously keep up with your ever evolving child's interests and creating a play space they actually spend time in.
Now---> how you do this and why you should....well we will get to that a little bit every day this week. We will dissect the playroom and look at each piece. We will discuss set up, intentional layouts, toys with purpose and keeping up with children's interests. At the end of this week I hope that you take away a lot of valuable information and begin to change up your child's play space to create a purposeful playroom. A learning environment rich in developing all your child's own potential. Gone are the garbage useless toys! We are going to take a good close look at equipment that will have value and interest your children. We will discuss toy rotation, art stations and so much more. By the end I hope to receive some before and after picts of your playrooms to share with the rest of the Listymama's.
Looking forward to starting our journey tomorrow!