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Astroturf, Artificial Grass or Real Grass?

There will always be differing opinion about whether artificial turf or natural grass is the better option for an early childhood service to have. There are ways to make both work; the ultimate goal, regardless of the choice made, is […]

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Indoor-Outdoor Spaces and Room Layout

Early Childhood Centre Design Ideas. We show, with photographs, a different design and approach to using space for supporting small group and project work. The design comes from a bilingual kindergarten, called a ‘Kita’ in Hamburg, Germany.   The photographs were […]

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Shade and Outdoor Planning for Sun Protection

Below are tips and recommendations for creating and maintaining effective and acceptable shade in outdoor play areas. This is important in conjunction with other methods for protecting children’s skin and eyes from the harmful effects of the sun over summer. […]

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Optimal Outdoor Environments

Young children have the right to inhabit optimal early childhood outdoor environments. Optimal outdoor environments have the potential or power to promote and sustain meaningful relationships. Bullard’s  (2010)  book Creative Environments for Learning uses the term ‘optimal’ when describing outdoor […]

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