5 pieces of childcare furniture to buy on a budget

Cheap childcare furniture that doesn’t compromise on quality is hard to find. The market is so saturated it’s hard to choose. Plus, it doesn’t help that you have a Pinterest board full of design ideas, from Scandi-style childcare supplies to cute little roleplay kitchens in different sizes. You can’t have it all, but we made a list of items you can’t go without.

 

This piece of childcare furniture is the ultimate multi-tasker. You can use it to tidy the rooms so everything’s in its place. But if you take out the plastic bins, the kids can use it as a bag and shoe rack.

Staff can use the storage units as a display cabinet if they need one. It’s easy enough to fill the spaces with awards, pieces of art made in class, or little ‘discoveries’ made by the kids that just have to go on display.

 

The tables and chairs are some of Kinder Design’s best sellers. The children need a place to sit and learn, draw, or eat their lunch. The larger, rectangular tables are better for space so the kids don’t feel cramped together.

 

  • Stackable chairs

Stackable chairs are cost effective and easy to put away. It’s simple to stack them up and put them away in the corner when the cleaners come or there’s an event happening.

Another benefit? The chairs are made of PVC plastic, so they’re easy to clean when  accidents happen. The Harry Chair is an ideal example of this. Plus, it comes in three different sizes and five colours!

 

Little chefs, mechanics, and homemakers are made at kindy. This bit of childcare furniture is a staple and it’s common to see kids fighting over whose turn it is to use it.

Having one or two role play sets keeps the children entertained for hours and makes them practice valuable social skills. They’ll communicate and listen to other’s opinions, learn to share, and work in a group.

 

Preschool children often bring home ‘masterpieces’ from their art time. It’s a lot easier for them to paint if they have an easel. Kinder Design has easels than can accommodate up to three children, so nobody misses out!

The essential list for setting up a preschool

Thinking about setting up a preschool? Well, congratulations on your new business venture! Starting a new business is an exciting time that will test all your skills. When you’re setting up a preschool, there’s some steps you must go through before you can open your doors. Have you checked any of these off the list?

 

  • Finding a space: Daycare centres don’t have to be large, depending on your business goals. But you need a room (or a few) for the children to play, staff rooms, parking space, an outdoor area, and storage. Don’t rush this step; find a building that’s in a ‘family friendly’ area, with available street parking, and nearby amenities like public transport.

 

  • Checking qualifications: Parents trust day care centre staff to care for their children. When you’re setting up the preschool, interview candidates that are in training for their child care certificate or already have it. Trainee childcare workers do work placements as part of their study. Also check that staff have a Blue Card and first aid certification.

 

  • Organise your furnishings: This includes the shade of paint from the walls to the shelves and tables. Daycares can’t operate without daycare furniture! The children need toys to play with, beds to sleep on, and lots of other equipment. Outdoor entertainment is just as important, too. Invest in cubby houses and roleplay sets.

 

  • Get your accounts in order: Before you hire staff or buy childcare furniture, meet with your accountant and hire a bookkeeper. It’s not the fun part, but you must be on top of loans, your mortgage, and a payroll system for staff.

 

  • Buy some insurance: A little money for peace of mind! Contents and building insurance, as well as liability, are recommended.

 

  • Spreading the word: Part of setting up a preschool is spreading the word that you exist. Create a website, get on Facebook, and put paper advertisements in the local news and noticeboards.

 

  • Plan a welcome party: Or plan any event to create hype about your new preschool. Barbecues, open days, fetes, and the like are commonly held in schools and it’s a great way to introduce your business. Events like this allow children to meet  their new playmates and parents have the chance to mingle.

Setting up a daycare that’s STREAM friendly

Setting up a daycare is a challenge, one that many childhood educators have faced. A child care centre is more than a place to drop children off while parents are at work. It’s a place where they learn STREAM and its variants. You’ve heard this acronym and its variants before because it’s essential to early childhood education.

 

 

  • Science: Observing changes in the environment, e.g. how water flows and changes, reactions between chemicals.
  • Technology: Whatever is used by children as a medium in their learning is considered technology. This isn’t only computers; it includes books, pens, and other materials.
  • Reading: The everyday skill of reading builds literacy and language in children and it’s essential to early childhood education. Literacy sets them up for life.
  • Engineering: What makes things work? How do they fit together? The simple act of creating structures out of everyday objects is engineering at work.
  • Art: There was controversy and criticism surrounding the addition of this acronym. Adding arts to the curriculum allows children to unleash their creative skills, whether through role play or painting. It encourages children to ‘think creatively’.
  • Mathematics: Counting, sums, and organising are everyday skills adults use effortlessly. Children, though, work their hardest just to count to 100.

 

 

It’s a lot to think about when setting up a daycare. Don’t stress about it too much, though. Children are naturally curious and with some encouragement, they’ll use the supplies according to STREAM principles. So what are some essential daycare supplies you’ll need before you open your doors?

 

 

  • Building blocks: old classics that have an infinite number of uses. They help with calculations and create structures (like a JENGA tower).
  • Art easels: Children need something that will hold their masterpieces while they paint and sketch.
  • Large foam shapes: Capable of creating an obstacle course or a makeshift house. The kids think critically and creatively to make the shapes fit together into something viable.
  • Books: Stock your caddy with picture and small text books.
  • Role play sets: Children imitate what they see in real life, from TV shows to parents cooking in the kitchen. Role play sets like kitchens, tool benches, and houses encourage creative thinking and group activity.

 

 

When you’re setting up a daycare that’s STREAM-friendly, make sure you have materials for your staff as well. TED talks, text books, and printouts to pin on the noticeboards will be helpful when they are planning some activities or just need a refresher.

Childcare fittings and fitouts; 5 tips for designing a beautiful centre

To build a preschool, you have to source childcare fittings, create a marketing plan that gets you noticed and hire capable staff. Before that, however, you must build the centre, often from the ground up.

 

Pull your finances together

You need money for licensing, amenities, childcare fittings and insurance, to start. As the saying goes, you have to spend money before you make it. Go to the bank and make sure you have an accountant in your contacts list.

Hire a bookkeeper if necessary. They’ll manage the day-to-day finances of the preschool when it finally goes into operation.

 

Find a builder

Preferably one that has experience in day cares. Unless you’re setting up a home child care centre, hiring a builder is your best bet of creating something up to code.

The builder will be with you throughout the construction process, whether you renovate or build from the ground up. You new preschool with meet safety and other quality control inspections thanks to their experience.

 

Source your childcare fittings

Kinder Design is a one stop shop for centre owners. We have staples like tables and chairs, cubby houses and even large foam shapes. Our childcare fittings are up to TUV and ISO codes, meaning they go through a battery of tests before they’re put on the market.

We also have custom design and pattern options because no two childcare centres re the same, especially if they’re independently operated. We encourage clients to share their visions so they’ll love the final product. At no extra cost, it’s a feature you definitely need to take advantage of.

 

Get an interior designer

Building a childcare centre gives you the chance to unleash your inner creative…with some professional help. Interior designers know how to style a space so everything ties together, from the colour of the childcare fittings to the shade of paint on the walls.

The layout of the rooms are just as important. Use your childcare furniture to create quiet and active spaces. It’s necessary to have room for reading, resting and other activities. You’ll need shelves for storage with tables and chairs for general activities. Don’t forget the classics like building blocks and art supplies.

 

Have patience

For your business to succeed, you need to have patience. You have to gather quotes from the builder, organise the delivery of your childcare fittings, make your presence known and more. You’ll have to do your research, but Australian government sites like ACECQA and the Department of Education have resources to answer your questions.

Quality preschool furniture from us to you

Good preschool furniture companies like Kinder Design strive to bring customers the best product possible. The only interest the less savoury providers have is making more money before the quarter is over. So that our customers get the best, we follow rules and guidelines so that we’re at our best.

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) creates the standards that companies, their products, and even their people need to follow. The organisation has more than 700 representative bodies from over 150 countries. One way to interpret this is quality assurance, worldwide. In the news, you’ve seen what happens when profit is more important than quality control. Buildings crumble, organisations get bad ratings, and there’s horror stories of toxic culture. Worse, toxic products that cause major health concerns flood the market.

To combat this and make sure that standards are upheld industry wide, the ISO created one for ecological measures. ISO 14001 exists, in its own words:

To provide organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs.

(ISO 14001:2015)

More comprehensive information is found in the guide itself, from company and workplace context to measure expectations all the way through to how to contact the ISO for support.

Creating and selling quality products like preschool furniture doesn’t stop at the environment. ISO Guide 9001:

…helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

(ISO 9001:2015)

This set of guidelines is intended to improve the workings of a company internally, from top tier-managers to entry-level workers and trainees. This way the business operates efficiently and provides the best customer service it can. It even gives the business the potential to expand into new markets and organisations. It’s up to the management to figure out how the business can improve, but if they follow the 9001 guide results should follow.

How do these results show themselves? All of the guidelines follow the plan, do, check, act cycle (PDCA). The upper-tier of the business has to be willing to conduct some in-depth company auditing and take risks. After a specified period of time (6 months, one year, etc.) they review performance and look for ways to improve. The cycle then repeats itself.

In the guidelines preview, the disclaimer says the ISO doesn’t exist to increase any business’ legal standing in how it conducts its work or affect its production. ISO 14001 is in place to give planet-conscious companies a guide to improve their practices and product. ISO 9001 makes those who follow it take a good look at themselves, how they conduct business and if they truly are giving the best to their customers. This can be anything from preschool furniture to responding to customer enquries.