ERIC Number: ED061577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Patterns for Designing Children's Centers. A Report.
Osmon, Fred Linn
This book summarizes the issues involved in the design of a children's center. A children's center is defined as an away from home, group child care program for 2-4 year olds. The material is organized into 35 chapters or "patterns." A pattern is a package of design requirements whose solution is focused on a distinct part of the physical environment. This part can be a physical activity space -- e.g., a kitchen, an entry, or the action area of the play yard; it can be a part of a building -- e.g., the lighting system or the flooring materials; or it can be an overall design issue -- e.g., a multirealm environment for mother and child. The patterns should be a takeoff point for the director, the teachers, and the architect to begin thinking about the daily program for a center and the parallel requirements for a physical environment. These patterns can also be considered as part of a continuing dialogue between early childhood educators and architects who take the time to articulate their ideas on educational needs and required physical solutions. The patterns are transitory and temporary, to be modified and changed as the dialogue is vitalized with new ideas and insights. (Author)
Descriptors: Architectural Programing, Bibliographies, Building Plans, Day Care Centers, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Environmental Influences, Interior Space, Preschool Education, Space Orientation
Educational Facilities Labs, 477 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022 ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Facilities Labs., Inc., New York, NY.