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Supplies and Furniture Needed For Your Child Care Facility

A school is a child’s second home. When a toddler gets exposed to a learning setup for the first time, it is an overwhelming experience. A kindergarten should be organized to ensure the well-being and overall cognitive development of all children. As caregivers, one would always look for the best possible learning environment for the child. Comfort and child safety are the two most important factors that need to be considered. Pocket-friendly child care supplies can help parents and caregivers set up a desirable and safe learning atmosphere.

How to Choose Child Care Supplies Well?

Child care supplies can be of different types depending on the age group of the children. Broadly these child care equipment supplies can be grouped appropriate for either infants and toddlers.

Infant child care supplies include changing equipment, feeding tables, high chairs, soft rugs etc. Tables for diaper changing and storage solutions for storing diapers are also listed. The space for storing baby food and other infant furniture are an important part of choosing childcare furniture.

Furniture supplies for toddlers include preschool tables, chairs, nap cots, and book displays. This is the age where children tend to explore their surroundings, which is why safety should always come first. Using colourful furniture will also be engaging for a toddler. They should also be strong and sturdy and firmly moored to ensure a safe learning experience for the child.

As parents, choosing a child care centre includes ensuring it is a safe and reliable option for their child. Apart of the process is checking that furniture and surroundings are of high quality. If you have a child care facility it is crucial you source your supplies and furniture appropriately, that’s where Kinder Design can help out.

 

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!

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.

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.

Five common pieces of preschool equipment in Australia

Preschool equipment in Australia is unique. Preschools in Australia are unique, full stop. No two school systems anywhere in the world will use the same curriculum, but they all aim to provide a safe environment for children to learn and play.

Building blocks

Put these in the hands of children and they’ll build the world! Or, at least, the one in their imagination. Building blocks provide children chances to learn vocabulary around shapes and textures. They’ll also use critical thinking and analytical skills to put them together, making something that resembles objects seen in real life.  

Tables and chairs

What is any living area without a place to sit? A place to work?

Tables and chairs are preschool equipment that our customers can’t do without. Kinder stocks lots of different sizes and designs. Mini, large, round, or square, there’s something for every taste and budget. We even have height-adjustable seats available.

Kinder Design also has a customisation  option for customers needing something special. It’s better when preschool equipment matches the colour scheme and overall feel of the centre. We provide a theme matching service at no extra cost, so centre owners can have everything coordinated.

Paint and chalk

Kids are creative, everyone is. It’s an innate part of our nature. But sometimes creativity comes at the cost of mess. LOTS of it. Who else remembers making flower potions and mud pies in the backyard?

Daycares and kindies will have plenty of chalk and non-toxic paint, ready to use. Children sketching masterpieces on the outdoor concrete or a blackboard easel are a common sight. They’re readily available and easy to clean.

Storage

Kinder Design makes all sorts of storage items. Large, small, single boxes, and containers. Our storage units can even come in the shape of a castle if you want it! It’s one type of preschool equipment you’ll find everywhere, no matter what country you visit.

Storage units are, of course, made to put things away, but there’s plenty of other uses for them. Children and staff use them as display racks for crafts and awards, for one. Having a shelf unit in castle form, or even as a train, adds to the character of the centre and even provide another area for children to play.

Outdoor fun

Some kindergartens, preschools, and daycare centres give children time to play outside. Nature Play Queensland is an association that encourages outdoor, play-based learning so children spend more time outdoors.

In centres like this, you’ll find all the above preschool equipment, but there’s a lot of items donated from families, past and present. Tea sets, pipes made into tunnels, and toy trucks are just some of the items that get passed on.

Outdoor play areas like cubby houses and roleplay sets are so popular  teachers often have to regulate times for the children to use them. Kinder has these in stock for kids to unleash their inner MasterChef or mechanic.

No two countries have the same centre or curriculum when it comes to childcare. There is, on the other hand, similar preschool equipment. Creating a place to sit, a place to play, and even a place to sleep isn’t easy without one of the above five.

The secret of using kindergarten furniture to teach important lessons

Kindergarten furniture is hardy and lasts a long time. It’s sat in the centre as hundreds of kids have passed through the doors over the years. Students (and sometimes parents) have sat on the chairs, built towers out of the building blocks, and painted masterpieces on the easels. And, intentionally or not, teachers have used it to impart other lessons.

 

Be clean and tidy

It’s important that kids understand the concept of manners at an early age. Parents often pick up after them at home, and teachers do the same at kindergarten. Sometimes, though, the children are instructed to do little things. This includes tucking in your chair and putting an item back where you found it. It obviously works, otherwise we wouldn’t do these things unconsciously as adults today.  

 

Respect the property of others

At home, kids play roughly with toys because they’re  theirs. Kindergarten furniture, on the other hand, isn’t. Both teachers and parents teach their children to respect other’s property. It ends with a lot of tears, anger, and tantrums if something breaks.

Kindergarten furniture is hardy by design, so it can withstand rough treatment. Children play rough because sometimes they don’t know any better.

 

Don’t disrespect others

Kids are quite blunt when voicing their displeasure to other kids. It’s common to hear “you’re not my friend” and other lines like that in play areas. Withholding access to toys, time to play with the cubby houses, or exclusion from group activities are forms of bullying. Teachers step in when this happens, but from the beginning of kindergarten this behaviour is strongly discouraged.

Kindergarten furniture is hardy and can withstand a good decade of use, but teachers and parents teach their children not to use it roughly. They tell the kids to respect property that’s not theirs. Children sometimes bar other kids from using toys as a form of bullying, but thanks to eagle-eyed carers, this gets taken care of discreetly.

Furniture for preschool: what you ought to know

Centre owners purchasing furniture for preschool, kindy, or childcare have a lot of factors to think about. Parents and guardians mightn’t appreciate the effort that goes into stocking the centre with the right supplies. Here’s some things they ought to know.

 

  • It lays out the boundaries

You’ll hear people shout out “don’t run inside!” and preschools are built to prevent this by design. Nobody wants their charges to get hurt and deal with the fallout.

When people buy furniture for preschool, they make sure the items serve a specific purpose. Educators and carers will then lay it out so there’s a section for everything. This teaches kids the importance of boundaries, and how some activities are only appropriate in one area. For example, a bookshelf and chairs designate the reading area, while cube shelves with art supplies near some tables and chairs make up the arts and craft area.

 

  • Kids channel their creativity to ANYTHING

Soft toys, cubby houses, and building blocks are an extension of children’s creativity; even a simple chair can become a throne during playtime!

Teachers stock outside and indoor play areas with items that facilitate constructive play. Kids imitate what they see in real life or on the television. They use cubbies to ‘play house’ and use large soft foam shapes to actually build one.

Centre owners who buy furniture for preschools also stock up on art easels, paints, and chalkboards. They’re easy to clean and let out the kids’ ‘inner artist’. Some play time is dedicated to painting, so the centre will buy art supplies to keep the children (and teachers) happy.

 

  • It matches the theme

Preschools often have a certain colour scheme, especially if they’re part of a larger franchise. Kinder Design makes furniture to order so there’s no danger of clashing colours. Preschools purposefully avoid loud, exciting colours because they cause agitation. Rather, they choose cool and calming shades for their centre.  They keep this in mind when purchasing furniture for preschool.

Four items commonly found in kindergartens

 

Kindergarten is a place where kids begin to learn in a formal environment. It’s a classroom, but there are certain degrees of separation between kindy and school. This is thanks to kindergartens being places of “play-based learning” (QLD Government Kindergarten). Here are four items you’ll find in kindy’s that mix learning and playtime.

 

Cubby holes

Everyone needs a place to put their things. As an adult or a teenager, the typical place is a locker. In kindy, though, cubby holes are the norm. Cubby holes are shelves, designed so there are individual “box spaces”. These boxes are where the children can place their belongings.

Staff at the kindy use cubbies for storage around the classroom. Items like stationary and toys get placed in baskets, then slotted into the cubby hole. This is good for keeping the floor tidy and reducing trip hazards.

 

Desks and chairs

Kids need a place to sit, read, write and more. The desks come in many shapes; kidney, round, square. Wood is a popular material because it lasts longer than plastic. To make the general classroom environment more welcoming, the kindy might choose furniture with fun patterns and colours.

 

Wooden play houses

Getting the kids active both physically and mentally is important. Wooden play houses, or cubby houses, were made for this reason. They make children use their imagination and get moving. If one house is built as a kitchen, the kids might pretend to own a working restaurant, complete with chefs and waiters.

Wooden playhouses are built around any real-life structure. Kitchens are certainly popular, but other options include banks, woodland cottages and even hospitals.

 

Building blocks

Building blocks are another item commonly found in kindergartens. They’re good for both interactive play and learning. Teachers can use them for basic counting and mathematics. During play time, children can unleash their inner architect and build a miniature tower. They can concentrate and do this themselves or team up with their classmates to build a town.

The benefits of playhouses

Playhouses are ubiquitous in a child’s life, from home to kindy. These structures are made of anything from plastic to wood. They’re also built around a variety of themes. Playhouses offer benefits for kids both mentally and physically.

Interactive play

Also known as role playing. Interactive play encourages children to act out a scenario they’ve seen or heard. For example, some kids like cooking shows or to watch what’s happening in the kitchen. They’ll want to “play restaurant”, complete with a sous chef, a couple of wait staff and daily specials!

Other role-play situations include hairdressers, fire/police stations or even just old-fashioned “house play”. Playhouses let the imagination loose and the scenarios are endless.

No more devices

There are plenty of wellness blogs and articles telling their readers to “unplug”. Lots of people, including children, spend too much time sitting down staring at screens. This is bad for energy, eyes and posture. Making the playhouse a tech-free zone guarantees the kids are separated from any device and will use their energy creatively.

This shouldn’t be such a hard task, anyway. Cubbies are so much fun that sometimes kids will forego the iPad in favour of playing in them with their friends.  

A bit of independence

Playhouses are a “kids space” where they have the freedom to do what they like, provided it’s safe. It gets them away from outside influences like television and encourages them to interact with others in a safe environment.

The kids can bring stuff from home to use in the playhouse, from cooking utensils to dolls. It allows them to make their own business or play happy families without growing up too fast.

Happy memories

Memories fade as we grow older, but occasionally you’d remember a time when you played with your friends in the cubby. You might have been a police officer, a homemaker, a famous chef or even an artist. Good memories make lasting impressions.