The prepared environment in the children's house

An environment for children

The prepared environment in the children's house is the - one could say perfect - answer to the developmental needs of the three to six year old children who learn and work in this environment. The child at this age wants to explore the world through its senses, work with concrete materials, it wants to move and communicate with others and experience the culture that surrounds it. And last but not least, it wants to become increasingly independent of adults.

Autonomy and independence

Accordingly, the prepared environment is designed so that each child can choose for itself what to occupy itself with and this is usually possible without the help of the adult. The entire facility is adapted to the size of the child. The materials are always complete, adapted to the interests and needs of the children in this group and freely accessible. They are very carefully selected and designed, and thus motivate intensive and concentrated activity.


The prepared environment is divided into four areas: the activities of daily life, the sensory materials, language and mathematics. They are complemented by music, art and culture.

The prepared adult

An important "part" or aspect of the prepared environment is the - prepared - adult. The adult observes the children, thereby determining their interests and needs, and on this basis gives them new presentations. At the same time, the adult ensures that no child is disturbed in its work and makes sure that the environment is always appealing and tidy.