How does room layout affect child behaviour?

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Through the centuries those who care for children have understood the significance of a child's surroundings. Already in the 1800s, the childcare expert Froebel stressed the importance of environmental design in the sense of a garden, natural, organic, ever-changing. He maintained that when care is applied to children's surroundings, behaviour can be guided and inspired. The simplest of locations can become a haven of play and learning.

The amount of space in a room and how it is organised affects children's behaviour. A tight space may encourage working together but can also lead to aggression and frustration. Reducing clutter and installing flexible furnishings can maximize the use of each area. On the other hand, too much space in a room can cause children to be restless and unfocused and have low interaction with their peers. Using dividers to create activity areas or pockets reduces distraction and can help teachers facilitate absorbed play.

Are the children in your care deeply engrossed in their activities, or are many at loose ends? The difference may well stem from room layout, good or bad. As you are choosing the furniture you will also want to consider the way in which the furniture is laid out. This is why we offer a free room layout service which can help you create flexible learning environments and design ideal interest areas which will encourage the behaviour that you want to nurture.

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