For a long time, when visiting centres and reading their philosophies, nearly ALL of them stated something to the effect of “We have a welcoming, home-like environment:….but, on reflection, very little within the environment was actually “home like”.
But, what they were talking about was the *feel*. The feeling that their environment evoked in them, and their children. And digging a bit deeper, they were seeking an environment that fostered the feeling of being together of people, be they big or little. For living and for learning in.
So how do we transform our spaces to foster bringing people together and create that *feeling* in our programs?