How is accessible defined in the ITERS-R?
Children can reach and are allowed to use toys, materials, furnishings and/or equipment. Toys on open shelves must be within easy reach of children. No barriers can be present to prevent children from reaching them. For example, toys are not accessible if they are in containers with lids that the children cannot manage, unless staff show signs that they regularly make the toys accessible to the children, by opening various containers during the observation. If materials are stored out of reach, they must be placed in children's reach to be counted as accessible. For example, if they are stored out of a non-mobile infant's reach, the baby must be moved to reach them, or the materials must be placed close to the non-mobile infant. During an observation, if there is evidence that staff regularly provide access to the variety of toys required for an item or indicator, credit can be given for "accessible."