Physical learning environment
The quality of the physical environment is strongly linked to the quality of the learning that can take place in an ECE facility.
In the CEECIS region, ECE facilities are often not appropriate for young children, with poor isolation and maintenance, poor sanitation and heating systems and poor infrastruture.
Rehabilitation of buildings is under way in several countries, however there is a lack of public budget for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance, and costs are often passed on to parents and the communities. This means that in poorer communities, facilities and general learning environment are often of poorer quality because of the lack of resources in the community.Thus, assessments of physical environment should be a priority for equity, safety, efficiency, and pedagogical reasons.
Defining the physical environment
Thus a quality early physical learning environment is: ‘a physical space that supports multiple and diverse teaching and learning programmes and pedagogies, including current technologiesA quality early learning physical environment is: 'a physical space that supports multiple and diverse teaching and learning programmes and pedagogies, including current technologies; it is a space that demonstrates optimal, cost-effective building performance and operation over time; one that respects and is in harmony with the environment; and one that encourages social participation, providing a healthy, comfortable, safe, secure and stimulating setting for its occupants (CELE, Undated).”
Recommended Tools for monitoring the physical environment
Tools for assessing the physical environment of ECE centers