B> This is a conceptual and practical guide to creating a whole child curriculum organized into three parts: Child Development, the PLAN curriculum, and the environment. Featuring the author's PLAN model (Play, Learning, The Arts, and Nurturing), this early childhood curriculum system effectively connects and integrates theory, philosophy, and practice and advocates an open, interactive, child-centered environment. The book also focuses on the role and responsibilities of teachers in nurturing learning, establishing values and addressing the full needs of the child. Includes numerous activities and ideas for nurturing readiness in all facets of child development, including language, literature, the arts, early training, conceptual and skill development (Parts I, II, and III). Explains how to design indoor and outdoor environments to maximize learning through spontaneous and constructive play. Originally published as Quality Child Care, this second edition focuses more on the PLAN curriculum rather than on administering a child care center. For Early Childhood Curriculum Instruction, as well as for use by child care professionals, practitioners and trainers.