The staff-to-child ratio will determine how best to use the space; the higher the number of adults-to-children, the more flexibility you have in using the space. You must have enough staff to visually monitor all children at all times. Staff members need to be sure to move around the classroom so that all areas of the classroom are being supervised.

Sure, if you can visually see inside the tent. The tent flaps must be open and you must be able to see all children inside at all times.

Yes, an open-weave mesh canopy is acceptable as long as you can see through the material.

When you consider what might be a quiet activity, think about what activities children may do, such as a puzzle or a math activity that require concentration without interference from loud or active play. Loud or active play spaces are those places in your classroom where children play with lots of noise and activity such as block play, or dramatic play, or music.

Outdoor environments offer many opportunities to create a space for privacy, but the same rules for being able to have visual supervision at all times still apply.

Be mindful of how you use your space on a daily basis such as during free play. Many times during free play, a teacher may sit down on the floor to engage in an activity with a group of children. Once she/he is sitting on the floor, the line of sight has changed. A good idea would be to sit down on the floor in various places in your classroom and check to see if perhaps a shelf or bookcase obstructs your ability to visually supervise. Many times high shelves or other pieces of furniture are best placed against a wall to ensure that the furniture does not block your line of sight.

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