Research tells us that children from birth to age three learn best in environments where they feel safe, have secure relationships with adults, and are free to explore. Designing the physical environment is vitally important in setting the stage for early learning experiences. It is a large part of instruction in the early care and learning field. Although infant and toddler classrooms may not be specifically divided into interest areas, opportunities to experience a variety of materials are essential for learning. Spaces should be designed with the infant and toddler in mind with low shelving, spaces for movement, spaces for privacy, and spaces for interacting with adults and peers. The following document provides considerations to keep in mind when designing and maintaining infant and toddler environments.