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When you do a preschool daycare room setup, before you think of education or fun, the first thing that needs to be thought of is safety. Always remember that these are small children who like to put things in their mouths and stick their fingers and other objects in places that they don't belong. They are explorers and it is your job to make exploring safe! Below is a checklist to help you along the way.
- Make sure outlets are covered.
- Remove any hanging strings from places where children have access.
- Lock any cleaners in a cabinet that the children cannot access.
- Make sure-fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are properly placed and working.
- Create emergency exit maps and hang them in easy to locate areas.
Now that we've covered the safety aspects, let's move on to the fun part!
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Teaching and Learning Styles
A lot of preschool daycare room setup depends on the style of teaching and learning that you use in your classroom. Are you the teacher that gets down on the floor with the children or are you the one who sits quietly at the desk and observes the children from a distance? How you teach plays a great part in where your desk is located. Place it so that it is most useful. If you tend to join in the fun, then place the desk out of the way so you can use it as needed. If you use the desk more frequently than not during class time, then place it so that it is centrally located and the students can see and hear you well.
- Make sure there is an area where students can enjoy circle time and floor time. This area can also double for nap time or reading time as long as there is room and it is a comfortable place for the students to sit, play or lay down.
- Arrange the students desks so that they are able to work together and still able to see and communicate with you.
- Try to keep the craft area organized so that items are easy to access when needed.
- To assess where items should be placed, try getting down on your knees and looking at the room from the literal perspective of the child. Arrange visual aids so that they are easily seen by children.
- Make sure the books are easy to access with covers displayed if possible. Seeing the binding of a book doesn't mean much to a child who cannot read.
- Children should have their names on their desks to remind them how to write them. It also helps them to feel that they have their own place in the room.
- Create a calm and soothing area for infants to sleep. This area should be within sight and sound of the teacher and include the changing pad and other diapering materials.
- Create a time out area so that children can step away from the crowd and calm themselves down.
- Try to keep the toys in one area so that the children know exactly where to take them back to.
- Use large cabinets to hold the supplies. A classroom that looks cluttered makes it hard for everyone to concentrate.
Now that you have completed your preschool daycare room setup, make sure you create a bulletin board that welcomes parents and students to their new class!