This module is for Topic 3

Topic 3 - Planning Curriculum

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) requires that you think carefully about the activities you plan for the children in your group, with a goal of making them engaging to all. The most effective curriculum is one that follows the three elements of DAP.

Click each circle in the interactive diagram to learn about the elements of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

DAP Is Fun

One of the keys to DAP is that it is fun! In a developmentally appropriate environment, children learn by seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, hearing and playing. Play allows children to develop imagination, abstract thinking, social skills, language and gross and fine motor skills – all of which will serve them now as well as later in life. An environment that integrates Developmentally Appropriate Practice is one that recognizes that learning does not follow a "one-size-fits-all" model. Instead, a DAP-friendly environment allows children to learn and explore at their own pace in a hands-on manner.

Let’s take a moment to explore the different ways that a developmentally appropriate environment supports play. Click on the interactive below to take a tour.