In the Reggio Emilia Approach, the environment is often called the “third teacher.” It is safe, nurturing, engaging, stimulating and creates a feeling of belonging. Supportive learning environments are designed with children in mind; allowing babies, toddlers, & preschoolers to explore, learn and develop. Classrooms are welcoming, comfortable places that promote bonds between staff and young children. There is ample physical space. The layout encourages interaction, communication, and relationships. The arrangement of structures, objects and activities encourages problem solving and new discoveries. There are doors to the outside in each classroom. Entries and hallways as well as classroom walls capture the attention of both children and adults through photographs and displays of children’s work (often accompanied by transcriptions of their discussions).