DAP, short for Developmentally Appropriate Practice, is an approach to teaching grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about effective early education (www.naeyc.org).
The first consideration helps us decide which experiences are best for children’s learning and development. The second helps us learn about each child’s interests, abilities, and developmental progress. The third helps us provide meaningful, relevant, and respectful learning experiences for each child and family (www.naeyc.org).
These 12 principles will help you with the first consideration of the three in regards to DAP.