Physical Environment

The program has a safe and healthful environment that provides appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments. The environment includes facilities, equipment, and materials to facilitate child and staff learning and development.

An organized, properly equipped, and well-maintained program environment facilitates the learning, comfort, health, and safety of the children and adults who use the program.

What to look for in a program:

  • The facility is designed so that staff can supervise all children by sight and sound.
  • The program has necessary furnishings, such as hand-washing sinks, child-size chairs and tables, and cots, cribs, beds, or sleeping pads.
  • A variety of materials and equipment appropriate for children’s ages and stages of development is available and kept clean, safe, and in good repair.
  • Outdoor play areas have fences or natural barriers that prevent access to streets and other hazards.
  • First-aid kits, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and other safety equipment are installed and available.

 See Standard 10- Leadership