Ruth Banks - Family Child Care Provider

Watch the introductory video of Ruth explaining about the Family Child Care Enviromental Rating Scale and explore the panoramic photos of Ruth's home environment in the activity below.

Hover over the panoramic photo of Ruth's home environment and user the left and right arrows to control your view. Refer to the subscale while looking at the photos, mark each indicator YES or NO. All of the indicators after 1.1 describe elements that we want to see in family child care homes. You may print out the FCCERS-R subscale for space and furnishings. Write in your journal below the activity about what you saw in the photos that led you to write yes or no next to each indicator. Describe some of the factors that indicate a quality program and any that might need to be changed to raise the quality of care in this environment.

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Score 1

1.1 No "softness" provided for children at play (Ex. no upholestered furniture, rug areas, cushions, or soft toys provided for play).*

Score 3

3.1 Some rug or other soft furnishing accessible during play (Ex. large cushion, quilt on floor, couch, bean bag chair).

3.2 Three or more soft toys accessible.

Score 5

5.1 Furnishing providing a substantial amount of softness are accessible much of the day.

5.2 Children using soft furnishings for relaxation are protected from active play.

5.3 Many soft toys accessible much of the day.

Score 7

7.1 Softness accessible in more than one area in child care space (Ex. couch in living room and bean bag chairs in play room, cozy area for reading, and child-sized couch in housekeeping corner).

7.2 Soft, child-sized furnishings provided especially for children(Ex. small upholestered chair or couch).*

7.3 Soft furnishings used for reading or other quiet play.*

This environment would score a 4 on this subscale. The scoring for each scale stops wherever there is a NO answer in the scale, then the score is the number previous to the level you could not complete due to the NO answer.

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Write in your journal about what you saw in the photos that led you to write yes or no next to each indicator. Describe some of the factors that indicate a quality program and any that might need to be changed to raise the quality of care in this environment.

You can continue to add on to your journal from other professions after you save your entry. Make sure you print your journal before leaving the website.

*Notes for Clarification

1.1 Refers to softness provided other than that found in sleeping arrangements (cribs, cots, mats, beds) or other padded routine-care furnishings.

3.1, 5.1 Some use must be observed to give credit.

3.2 Examples of soft toys are: cloth or vinyl covered foam blocks, cloth dolls, stuffed toy animals, cloth puppets, and so forth. Do not count cloth or vinyl books as soft toys.

5.1 A thin mat, cushion, or a carpet alone would not meet this requirement. Typically, a substantial amount of softness includes a combination of soft furnishings, but a large single furnishing, such as a couch, mattress, or futon could meet the requirement, if it provides the substantial amount of softness needed by children.

5.2 Protection from active play can be provided physically by placing soft furnishings out of traffic and/or behind a barrier, or through supervision to ensure that active children do not interfere with the child who is relaxing. If children are observed using soft furnishings without interference, score "Yes". To give credit for 5.2 there must be a substantial amount of softness.

5.3 To meet the requirement of "many", there should be at least 10 soft toys, and at least 2 per child if there are more than 15 children.

7.2 Must be available for all ages of children enrolled.

7.3 To give credit, at least 1 instance must be observed during the observation.

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