Musings and Mayhems

Room Arrangement Workshop NOTES

Room Arrangement

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attended a session being presented by Annette Tipton and Delilah Hilliard in Durant, OK

DATE: July 30, 2011

Everyone struggles with it

There are no right/wrong answers, only good, better and best practice.

Licensing = minimum standards

ERS = Env. Rating Scale

Common issues that can be resolved with room arrangements:





Energy level



Staff stress

How does room arrangement impact childcare?

Invitation to play

Engaging play

Learning experiences

Social skills


Clean up

Children’s happiness

Assess needs of the room:

Ages/stages of the children in care?

Energy level of the group?

Traffic patterns?

What are the rules?

What do you say “no” to?

Checklists are important because we don’t “see” that which we have been looking at every day all day!

4 basic rules

1.  Separate active/quiet play areas

Ask self:  what is the energy of these interest areas?

Separate HIGH energy areas from low energy ones.

loudest, most active area? Blocks

quietest? Books

privacy – shower curtains from ceiling

2.  toys stored available and accessible

what are the invitations to play? Provocations!

You don’t need to fill up those shelves!

Leave some space… having “enough” out doesn’t mean putting it all out!

3. routine care areas conveniently arranged

assist the children in learning how to participate in clean up etc.

take the everyday tasks you need to do to keep the room running and figure out how many of them can be done by/with the kids

4. interest centers defined and equipped (bundling)

can we turn cleanup into math? Etc.

mix it up… blocks can be whatever they need to be.

Assess for your needs, adjust your arrangements, reassess, repeat as often as necessary.

Don’t let good enough be ok!