Review and Update Child Development Lesson 5

This is the feedback from the professor. Please review what I have and make the needed changes.

“For your final project you definitely want to discuss something about the learning centers and focus on one of the rooms specifically – describe it in detail and how it meets NAEYC standards.  Add specific details to that part of your map as well.”



  • One “map” of an ideal early childhood care environment (constructed by the student by hand or with computer software, scanned and submitted with the discussion component).
  • One 3-4 page (750-1000 word) discussion of the details of your child care environment design. Use word processing software.

Assignment Details

Perform the following tasks:

Step 1: Design a “map” of an ideal early childhood care environment. Drawing on knowledge gained through Lesson 5 materials, design a “map” of an early childhood care environment that supports the following aspects of physical development in early childhood:

  • Body growth
  • Motor development
  • Nutritional needs
  • Sleep needs
  • Hygiene needs
  • Special physical needs
  • Safety

Your map should include both indoor and outdoor environmental components. Your map should also provide those who see it with enough detail to understand both the overall physical design of the space and many of the smaller components (e.g. equipment, centers, toys, etc.) that you believe provide developmentally appropriate practices.

Step 2: Develop a detailed description of your map.

Write an essay that guides your audience through the child care environment map that you designed. As you discuss each component of the map, describe both the “what” (the actual elements that the map features) and the “why” (why you chose to include each piece of the map in this ideal, hypothetical classroom). The “why” is most important here, as the ability to discuss and defend your design choices will reflect your understanding of physical developmental needs in early childhood and what addressing these needs looks like in practice. You are expected to support all of your design choices with specific information from Lesson 5 materials and any other research you choose to conduct. Please cite all sources appropriately in your paper.

Consider the following questions as you develop your paper:

  • What design choices did you make and why?
  • How do your specific choices correspond with a researched understanding of the physical development of young children?
  • What details from course materials and any outside research support your design choices?

After you have provided a detailed, supported, critical description of your map, discuss the implications or importance of the child care setting you developed as a whole.

Consider the following questions as you conclude your paper:

  • Why is this type of child care environment important?
  • What might this environment provide for the children who learn and play in it?
  • What might this environment communicate to parents, teachers, and children who spend their time in it?