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Why an attractive nursery interior design ensures a greater sense of well-being for children and nursery nurses alike
The room is the third educator - this is what Reggio pedagogy says. It should be based on the needs of the children living in it. In this expanded living space, they build their physical, mental and social skills. The pedagogical room design therefore poses challenges for daycare centre planners and educators alike.
Society is changing - and daycare centres are feeling the effects of this. This is because more and more parents are placing younger children under the age of three in daycare. These make different demands on the Kita room design than older children do. Equally challenging are issues such as all-day care, lack of space, and lack of staff. It is important to find solutions for the Kita room design so that all children feel comfortable alongside the teachers. This is because the nursery room design must be individually tailored to the requirements of the users. Furthermore, it has already been proven that architecture has a positive effect on children's learning. Four tips help planners with the implementation.
1. Tip: Choosing the right colours
The colour design in a daycare centre influences the well-being of children and staff. Choosing the right colors will make everyone feel more comfortable. But which colours or tones have which effect?
- Warm colours: Create a personal, cosy atmosphere.
- Cold colours: Have a rather functional effect, but nevertheless offer a relaxing, calming effect.
- Light colours: Have a light, friendly effect and are particularly effective in smaller rooms.
- Dark colours: They convey a sense of security, but can have a gloomy and limiting effect, particularly in smaller rooms.
Natural tones are often recommended for the colour design of a day care centre, as studies show that users of a day care centre perceive them as particularly pleasant. In addition to the children, these are parents, teachers and the cleaning staff. Different shades of green, such as yellow-green, reed-green or olive-green, have a particularly calming effect. Brown and beige tones, including wood and clay colors, ochre, sienna, taupe or sand are also very popular. The colour concept should not only be reflected on the walls, but also in furniture and accessories, for example. An example of a child-friendly day-care centre interior design with a suitable colour concept can be found, for example, at "In der Kammgarnspinnerei", a day-care centre in the water town of Brandenburg an der Havel.
2. Tip: Choosing the right furniture for the hallway
An important place in every daycare centre is the entrance area. The corridor not only connects individual rooms, but also functions as a cloakroom, storage room, drop-off and pick-up point, and as a movement area for children. The entrance area should therefore provide orientation, relevant information for parents (e.g. via a notice board), be inviting and welcome the children in a friendly manner. HEWI offers a flexible solution for daycare centres with its furniture M20, including a hanging shelf, which is suitable for the cloakroom area. This shelf, which offers practical storage space, features triple hooks that are available in 16 different colours - matching the respective colour and room concept of a daycare centre. Of course, the HEWI range also includes matching coat rails. In addition, there are practical benches with a shoe rack. M20 is designed as a modular principle so that it is particularly flexible and can therefore be integrated into any daycare centre or kindergarten.
3. Tip: Consider security at the door
Safety is one of the most important basic needs of people - and should therefore also be considered by planners when designing the daycare centre. Regardless of whether windows, doors or partition wall areas - the appropriate fitting must be selected by them. HEWI offers suitable solutions for this. In doing so, we meet all the requirements that a nursery or kindergarten places on safety and ease of grasp for the youngest children, parents and carers.
One example of this is the design classic System 111. The high-gloss polyamide used here is not only available in cheerful colours to match the nursery's interior design, but is also easy to clean. The non-porous surface is significantly less susceptible to germs than other materials.
4. Tip: Plan the sanitary area hygienically
In addition to the aspects already mentioned, the sanitary area must of course not be forgotten. The Corona pandemic has once again highlighted the importance of paying special attention to the issue of hygiene. Even younger children should know the relevance of personal and hand hygiene. HEWI offers products that support children in their everyday hygiene. It also enables daycare centres to meet the high hygienic requirements. HEWI has developed the shelves in the washroom specifically for the needs of daycare centres. These are available with either towel hooks or with triple hooks. There is also a version with toothbrush cups and triple hooks. The holders, cups and hooks are also made of high-quality, easy-care polyamide. Safety was also taken into account - the opening of the towel hooks is always turned away from the users, so that there is no risk of injury. The HEWI portfolio also includes a washbasin suitable for daycare centres. This is made of mineral casting and has a non-porous surface. The material is very easy to clean, even if acrylic or finger paints have to be washed off. The washbasins suitable for children are a new addition to the HEWI range.
Everyone benefits from an attractive nursery interior design
Consistently implementing the Kita room design has numerous advantages: not only do the children feel much more comfortable, but it also promotes teamwork. If the entire teaching staff supports this concept, it makes everyday life easier for all employees. It also has a positive influence on the external image. Therefore, it makes sense for planners and educators to work out the daycare centre space concept together.
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