Author: Georgia Hall

Year Published: 2012


Children’s development is supported by contexts that promote their learning and growth, including early care and education and out-of-school-time programs. Considerable research has examined the importance of psychosocial environments, including relationships with caring adults. Physical environments are also important contexts for children’s development. The physical environment is “the stage or setting upon which social transactions take place.”1 Physical environments can affect children’s outcomes in two ways, by suggesting “a range of activities that can or cannot occur,” and by eliciting emotions, such as feelings of comfort, selfworth or anxiety.2

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