This workshop explores the pivotal role of the environment in young children’s learning. Research informs us that young children primarily learn through their interactions with the social and physical world. A learning environment that supports and extends young children’s curiosity will promote learning in all developmental areas. Open ended materials and spaces, both inside and outside need to be carefully considered and prepared for children’s investigations and learning. The workshop will also explore the use of ‘loose parts’ and how these enhance creativity and opportunities for symbolic representation and expression.