Children’s Perception and Utilization of ECEC Physical Environments
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Original versionSando, O.J., Sandseter, E.B.H.Children’s Perception and Utilization of ECEC Physical Environments. Education Sciences. 2022, 12 (2), 1-12. 10.3390/educsci12020088
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) institutions play an important role in many young children’s lives. Child-oriented research about the role of the physical ECEC environment in children’s play is scarce. The present study aims to develop knowledge about what children consider crucial elements in the physical ECEC environment. Seventy-one children (3–6 years old) were interviewed to gain insight into their perspectives on the physical ECEC environment. This study indicates that children desire a physical ECEC environment with various affordances supporting different play possibilities and that the social context influences how children may interact with the physical environment. The design of the physical ECEC environment is crucial to children’s everyday play experiences while in care.