The Education Network for Waltham Forest
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Enabling Environment

Early Years Foundation Stage


The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning. Enabling environments encourage babies and young children to play because they feel relaxed, comfortable and 'at home' in them. When children feel emotionally safe and secure they are able to explore and find out about the place they are in and the things they can see, touch, manoeuvre or manipulate.

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Tuesday, 24 January, 2017
Last updated: 24 January 2017 by Barry Fong