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Do Curiosity Approach® settings have displays?

At The Curiosity Approach® we are advocates for calm, neutral backgrounds for any displays to let learning shine through, making it become visible! But also we do this to create a sense of calmness without over stimulating those who it is intended for – the children! Researchers at Carnigie Mellon studied the impact of brightly decorated earlychildhood establishments on “distractibility” and discovered that bright visual displays can actually have a negative impact on learning in young children.

At The Curiosity Approach® we promote the use of natural, earthly tones on your walls to radiate a sense of calmness. Colour plays an important role in the overall aesthetic of a space, it can also impact an individual’s mood, emotional wellbeing, learning and behaviour. Within a Steiner Waldorf school there is a deliberate and conscious use of colour onthe walls, generally soft warm pink tones are used because of their gently active and supportive quality. They also incorporate objects from nature into their displays bringing the seasons into them. Careful consideration should be given to making your displays into a visible trace of the children’s thinking and learning, process rather than product.We are also huge advocates of displays that honour a child’s family and home life, communicating a powerful message of being and belonging. You will always find family displayed within one of our settings. Thought and care should go into every display within your setting from a wall display to a provocation for learning ensuring that they are not excessive and the use of colour has a positive impact rather than an over powering one. Within our settings you will always see natural light, less decoration and more natural materials. Here are a few examples of the sort of displays at a Curiosity Approach® setting.



Stephanie Bennett

This article was written by Stephanie Bennett, One of the Co-founders of The Curiosity Approach, alongside Lyndsey Hellyn. We're more than just another consultancy company, together we want to impact on early years. To make a change to the educational system. To inspire practitioners to bring back curiosity, awe and wonder to childhood and to the lives of educators.

Lyndsey Hellyn

This article was written by Lyndsey Hellyn, One of the Co-founders of The Curiosity Approach, alongside Stephanie Bennett. We're more than just another consultancy company, together we want to impact on early years. To make a change to the educational system. To inspire practitioners to bring back curiosity, awe and wonder to childhood and to the lives of educators.

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