• Offer a safe environment that fosters optimal development.
  • Employ a sufficient number of qualified, well-trained staff.
  • Encourage staff-parent interaction.
  • Balance activities to include structured and unstructured time, teacher-directed and child-initiated experiences, and a range of activities.
  • Capitalize on the interests of the children and opportunities for informal, social learning.
  • Communicate clear, consistent expectations and limits to children.
  • Provide indoor and outdoor space for active play, and places for socialization and private time.