Natural Learning Environment Practices

Natural learning environments (NLE) are " ...experiences and opportunities afforded developing children as part of daily living, child and family routines, family rituals, and family and community celebrations and traditions" (Dunst, Hamby, Trivette, Raab, Bruder, 2000). NLE are critical for the growth and development of all children. Natural learning environment practices are used by early childhood and early intervention practitioners to support parents and other important care providers in fostering child learning and development. The information in this section defines these practices and provides useful information to support practitioners in use of these practices. Use the links below to learn more.

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