Tots To Toddlers Ideas For Classrooms-Creating Quiet Spaces
Infants and Toddlers often need a soft, quiet,protected place where they can relax and have
some space away from loud or busy areas in the classroom. Teaching children to soothe
themselves by going to a ‘cozy area’ can help them feel comforted and better able to cope.
They may benefit from a ‘cozy area’ to be by themselves while they adjust to events such as
drop off or overly noisy activities such as movement or music.
Preschoolers may need quiet time for themselves at different points of the day. A full day
of childcare can be stressful and difficult to manage for some young children. A ‘be-bymyself’
space can be set aside in the classroom for a child to use when he or she feels overwhelmed,
upset, or tense. This serves as a protected place where children are taught to go to
in order to relax, calm down, or take a break. A teacher can join the child, if he or she needs
support in calming down or feeling secure.