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Space in early childhood development, includes not only the physical area and objects for playing and learning, but also includes the time, attitude, and energy that are important for healthy physical, social, and psychological development.  New research in sociological and environmental behavior has shown the impact of learning environments on various behaviors: territoriality, crowding, situational and personal space.

From organizing your teaching materials effectively and creating a safe environment, to flexible seating and room sectioning, there are lots of different ways to optimize a space for learning.  Every classroom and home is different, and that’s OK! Making the most out of the space you do have is what is important in helping a child get the most out of their early development.