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Environment Rating Scales Criteria

Roadmap to Success: The Environment Rating Scales

Significant improvements have been made to two of the child care industry’s most important quality rating systems. These changes will result in a higher level of attention being focused on vital areas of child care, such as interaction in the child care environment, curriculum and cultural factors. These improvements will also address the growing influence of computers and video in child care, as well as free play and group play activities. As always, the goal is to provide the best environment for the children in your care.

Important Changes to the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale

The revised Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) is designed to assess group programs for children of preschool through kindergarten age – ages 2½ through 5. It includes significant new additions in the areas of curriculum, cultural sensitivity, health & safety, and interaction between staff and children as well as child-to-child interaction.

[expand]Overview of the Subscales and Items of the ECERS-R - 43
Items organized into 7 Subscales

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    Space and Furnishings
  1. Indoor space
  2. Furniture for routine care, play and learning
  3. Furnishings for relaxation and comfort
  4. Room arrangement for play
  5. Space for privacy
  6. Child-related display
  7. Space for gross motor play
  8. Gross motor equipment


  9. Personal Care Routines
  10. Greeting/departing
  11. Meals/snacks
  12. Nap/rest
  13. Toileting/diapering
  14. Health practices
  15. Safety practices


  16. Language-Reasoning
  17. Books and pictures
  18. Encouraging children to communicate
  19. Using language to develop reasoning skills
  20. Informal use of language


  21. Activities
  22. Fine motor
  23. Art
  24. Music/movement
  25. Blocks
  26. Sand/water
  27. Dramatic play
  28. Nature/science
  29. Math/number
  30. Use of TV, video, and/or computers
  31. Promoting acceptance of diversity


  32. Interaction
  33. Supervision of gross motor activities
  34. General supervision of children (other than gross motor)
  35. Discipline
  36. Staff-child interactions
  37. Interactions among children


  38. Program Structure
  39. Schedule
  40. Free play
  41. Group time
  42. Provisions for children with disabilities


  43. Parents and Staff
  44. Provisions for parents
  45. Provisions for personal needs of staff
  46. Provisions for professional needs of staff
  47. Staff interaction and cooperation
  48. Supervision and evaluation of staff
  49. Opportunities for professional growth

Important Changes to the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale

The revised Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R) is designed to assess center-based child care programs for infants and toddlers up to 30 months of age. It includes significant new additions in the areas of curriculum, language/communication skills, the use of TV, video and computers, as well as the concepts of free play and group play activities. It also includes new subscales on cultural sensitivity, health & safety, and professional needs of staff.

[expand]Overview of the Subscales and Items of the ITERS-R - 39
Items organized into 7 Subscales

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    Space and Furnishings
  1. Indoor space
  2. Furniture for routine care and play
  3. Provision for relaxation and comfort
  4. Room arrangement
  5. Display for children


  6. Personal Care Routines
  7. Greeting/departing
  8. Meals/snacks
  9. Nap
  10. Diapering/toileting
  11. Health practices
  12. Safety practices


  13. Listening and Talking
  14. Helping children understand language
  15. Helping children use language
  16. Using books


  17. Activities
  18. Fine motor
  19. Active physical play
  20. Art
  21. Music and movement
  22. Blocks
  23. Dramatic play
  24. Sand and water play
  25. Nature/science
  26. Use of TV, video, and/or computer
  27. Promoting acceptance of diversity


  28. Interaction
  29. Supervision of play and learning
  30. Peer interaction
  31. Staff-child interaction
  32. Discipline


  33. Program Structure
  34. Schedule
  35. Free play
  36. Group play activities
  37. Provisions for children with disabilities


  38. Parents and Staff
  39. Provisions for parents
  40. Provisions for personal needs of staff
  41. Provisions for professional needs of staff
  42. Staff interaction and cooperation
  43. Staff continuity
  44. Supervision and evaluation of staff
  45. Opportunities for professional growth

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