Hello, I’m Sarah Norris with Total Childcare
Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about interior
design of a childcare center or home. You need to keep in mind that children are small,
they’re not as tall as we are. So, the environment that they see is going to be fairly low. A
good way to think about this is to get down on the floor, crawl around and look at the
environment from a child’s perspective. So, think about what they’re going to be seeing
as they walk into your facility, the things that are down low. You will need to be sure
that you have wall space for pictures and for information sheets and those types of
things that the children would be interested in and would be needed for their curriculum.
Keeping the room bright and airy. Having colors though that help to make the room bright and
comfortable would also be another consideration. Or, you might want to think about using just
pastels and then using other specs of color that might help within the room. Another thing
that often people do not think about is the level of noise within childcare. It is an
extremely noisy group. All children make lots of noise and so you need to think about the
sound within the classrooms and what is going to be sound absorbent. If you have hard ceilings
and hard floors and what can you do to add fabric and carpets that are going to help
absorb sound. You want to make it aesthetically pleasing both to your children as well as
your parents. You want to make it easily cleaned. Areas that can be cleaned easily. That means
that if you carpet all the floors it’s going to be hard to keep that clean every day. So,
you might want to consider area rugs that can be cleaned more often and floors that
can be cleaned at night on a daily basis. Bathrooms, you need to think about small sinks,
small toilets. You want to have materials that are easily cleaned and will not absorb
in the bathroom areas. You want to have things, you want to make the rooms easily available
for replacement if you need to paint, for instance, it needs to be something that can
be fairly easily done and not a lot of crooks and crannies and those types of things that
will cost more. You will have to paint on a more regular basis than you do in your home.
You want to think about equipment and how it looks in the room and how it’s going to
meet the needs of the children. So, today we’ve talked a lot about some of the interior
design of the classrooms and of your facility as a whole. Also, don’t forget the outside.
That’s the first thing that parents see so you want it to be esthetically pleasing and
you want it to be inviting for children to come in. In considering what you’re doing
in interior as well as exterior design of your center, keep all of these in thoughts,
keep thinking about what young children see and what young children need.