Environments and the resources teachers provide to children are considered the third teacher in some early childhood education philosophies. Reflecting on the type of environment children need, and the nature of resources provided for them, can define and influence how children engage and learn.
Ripeka and the team at Kids’ Domain discuss how they have moved to providing open-ended resources and an open-ended environment. They describe how resources, such as stretchy shoelaces, can provide children with a range of opportunities to be creative and explore how they can use these in their own way. Open-ended resources inspire and engage infants and toddlers to be creative, and think outside the traditional use of toys, to support their exploration and learning.