ERIC Number: ED387258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-10
Child Care Center Design & the Potential of Architecture.
Abbott, Carl; Abbott, Cooper
This paper discusses the impact of layout and design of child care centers on the education of young children. It asserts that child care facilities must be designed to support and stimulate children's natural developmental processes, providing both direct and indirect educational opportunities. The paper discusses the stages of the design process and the role of architectural firms in designing child care facilities. An overview is provided of the following topics: the importance of the built environment to the young child; the approach to design; a summary of the design process; the role of codes and regulations; and master planning and budgeting the project. Also discussed are different issues that need to be considered in the design process, such as: (1) designing for different age groups; (2) flexible classroom space; (3) outside play space; (4) landscaping; (5) color and light; (6) furniture and finishes; (7) kitchens; and (8) safety and security. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Early Childhood Association (45th, New Orleans, LA, April 11-16, 1994).