At the last staff meeting at the early childhood service where you work, the staff were told the exciting news that the service has received a community grant. Many ideas about where to allocate the money were suggested by staff as everyone excitedly discussed the options.
You put forward the view that the service should expand the range of creative activities available for the children and suggested that some of the money be spent on a new multi-purpose, open-ended activity area. The other staff are interested in your idea and want to see more details.
The director of the service has asked you to put together a proposal explaining and illustrating your idea. She is particularly interested in creating something sustainable, using recycled materials where possible, and that promotes these practices to the children in the service.
With this scenario in mind, create the kind of proposal that you might present to the service director.
Your proposal must include:
⦁ A description of the activity area that you wish to create, including the range of open-ended activities that you expect children will be able to perform (e.g. art, drama, music etc.), and whether the activities will be indoor or outdoor.
⦁ A collection of images, drawings or web links with some visual inspiration of the kind of activity area you propose. You may put together a collection on Pinterest or create a file of photographs. Make sure you reference where you have sourced the images, or draw some images yourself, scan them and include them in your image file.
⦁ Make a list of recycled, re-used or sustainable materials that could be used to create the activity area, and that could be used to stock and equip the activity area (a list of 5–10 items).