Unit 3.4: Contribute to enabling play environments

This unit is part of the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator and has the following learning outcomes and assessment criteria:

  1. Understand the play environment
    1. Explain what is meant by environment
    2. Identify types of environment
    3. Explain how environments support play
    4. Analyse the impact of philosophical approaches on current frameworks in relation to play environments
    5. Explain how to work collaboratively to provide enabling play environments in Early Years settings
  2. Understand how the Early Years practitioner supports children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments
    1. Describe the role of the Early Years practitioner in supporting children’s socialisation within play environments
    2. Explain how modelling positive behaviours impacts on children’s behaviour
    3. Analyse strategies to support children to manage their own behaviour in relation to others
    4. Explain how the Early Years practitioner provides for: group learning, socialisation
  3. Be able to support children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments
    1. Model positive behaviour
    2. Plan an environment which supports children’s socialisation and group learning
    3. Use strategies when supporting children to manage their own behaviour
  4. Understand how the characteristics of an enabling indoor play environment meet the age, stage and needs of children
    1. Explain the characteristics of an enabling indoor play environment
    2. Describe how an enabling indoor play environment meets the age, stage and needs of children
  5. Understand how the characteristics of an enabling outdoor play environment meet the age, stage and needs of children
    1. Explain the characteristics of an enabling outdoor play environment
    2. Describe how an enabling outdoor play environment meets the age, stage and needs of children
  6. Be able to provide enabling play environments
    1. Plan an enabling play environment: indoors, outdoors
    2. Create an enabling play environment: indoors, outdoors
  7. Be able to critically evaluate enabling play environments
    1. Critically evaluate enabling play environments in own setting
  8. Be able to plan and lead opportunities which support children’s understanding of the world
    1. Plan opportunities which support children’s understanding of the world
    2. Lead opportunities which support children’s understanding of the world
  9. Be able to plan and lead opportunities which encourage children’s engagement in expressive arts and design
    1. Plan opportunities which encourage children’s expressive art and design
    2. Lead opportunities which encourage children’s expressive art and design

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