Taking Child’s Play Seriously - Design Principles for Early Learning Centres
The Australian child care industry is booming.
There are approximately 1.6 million children aged 12 and under expected to attend some form of government-approved or funded child care service in 2019-2020.
The rapid growth of the industry can be attributed to a number of factors, most notably:
● The growing proportion of women entering the workforce ● An increasing number of families that have both parents working ● The Child Care Rebate (CCR) & Child Care Benefit (CCB) schemes, which further encourage the trend of working parents by reducing the costs of childcare.
These factors have not only increased demand for child care services, but also for greater diversity in the type of learning experience being offered.
We all know the impact your environment can have on your physical and emotional well-being. This is especially true for children, as their rapid development is strongly influenced by a healthy social and emotional environment.
In particular, there has been a growing demand for child care centre designs that enrich the child care experience and contribute to a purpose-built learning environment.
These factors are causing a greater push towards designs that feature environmentally sustainable, innovative, and tactile elements that best facilitate learning and play.
Teaching children to respect and appreciate our natural environment is an important part of early childhood education. Many child care providers are making outdoor learning and play a pivotal part of their care programs.
By incorporating vegetable gardens, worm farms, bird-feeders, and other fun outdoor activities into the curriculum, children are able to connect with and learn from their experiences outdoors and feel a deeper sense of connection with their environment.
The push towards “tactile” learning experiences is also driving innovation in design.
By designing curriculum that require learning through experience (i.e. through touching, moving, seeing and hearing), children are able to learn about their surroundings in a much more intuitive way.
With strong industry growth and high demand for better design outcomes, Chest Constructions is proud to be Perth’s #1 provider for dynamic, sustainable, and interactive fit-out designs.
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