Nurturant Environments for Children’s Social, Emotional, and Physical Well-Being
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This chapter describes the results from The Outdoor Criteria Study mentioned previously and conducted by Susan Herrington and two new studies within the CHILD Project that were conducted by the Postdoctoral Fellows in the third year of the project. Michaela Gummerum, a developmental psychologist interested in social behavior, collaborated with Susan Herrington and Kim Schonert-Reichl of the Safe Spaces Study, to explore the influence of playground design on the social behavior of children in her Playground Study. Jayne Pivik, a community psychologist with a background in child development and environmental influences, conducted a community evaluation of features important for children and youth in her Child and Youth Well-being Study. This chapter presents the theory associated with nurturant environments, briefly describes each study, and then presents the results of each study that apply to environments that support children’s physical, emotional, and social development, the importance of play and safety, and the environmental features that children and youth identify as important.
KeywordsEarly Childhood Educator Social Play Child Care Center Outdoor Play Play Space
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