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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.

Daycare furniture building safe environments

Kinder Design delivers nothing but quality daycare furniture. A safe environment isn’t only about protecting emotions or mental health. When you hear the word ‘safe environment’ one of the largest factors will be physical safety.

Kinder Design’s daycare furniture passes a battery of tests before it even goes on sale. From design to production, everything is monitored so we can assure customers we’re up to standard. The biggest name in quality assurance is TUV Rheinland, and you’ll find their logo on everything that’s undergone a quality assurance test.

TUV is the name to know for safety certification and training. The company inspects products, companies, and their internal systems and procedures to make sure everything’s ‘running smoothly’. Company boards have turned to them for neutral, third party inspections since their inception in Europe, where TUV started out inspecting boilers. The company came to Australian shores in 2007, setting up shop in Melbourne.

Our daycare furniture goes through mechanical, chemical, and material inspection before getting the stamp of approval. This gives Kinder customers peace of mind. The products they buy won’t break or cause any reaction on sensitive skin because of chemical washing.

Kinder Design does things differently compared to other daycare furniture manufacturers. Unlike some providers, we have a three year warranty period. This is three times more than that of our competitors. We also offer package deals, a seven day money back guarantee, and the option to get something themed. We know that centre owners are conscious about the image of their business, and we will  match their colour scheme at no extra cost.

A child has the right to play in a safe environment, and their parents should leave the centre knowing they’re in capable hands. This is why the Kinder team does its best to meet safety standards and provide quality products, tested and true.

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.

How to organise your child care furniture

Organising your child care furniture is a good way to keep certain areas separate. Under the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), child care centres and preschools promote play-based learning. Its outcomes include children developing into effective communicators and engaged learners. They can do this anywhere, but having an organised environment definitely helps.

 

When you’re planning out the interior, you want room for the kids to move but not to run. It’s good they’ve got energy to spare, but not in an enclosed environment. People run into things, tip things over, and get injured. Lay out a play mat so there’s room for ‘creative arts’ like singing and dancing; enough standing room for the kids, but not too large for them to run and hurt themselves.

 

Arranging your child care furniture creates boundaries the kids must follow. It’s ideal to make space for quiet reading, for arts and crafts, right through to creative and role play. Some tables and chairs make the arts and crafts area; a book cubby with some mats and soft foam seats create the reading space. It’s important to have various but useful resources available in one space, a reading area needs books of different genres and types (picture, full text, fiction, and nonfiction, for example).

 

Kids will sit in these places alone if they want, but it’s common for them to make small groups among themselves. The EYLF says small group play allows kids to voice their own opinions while respecting those of others and make personal connections easily. Child care centres are environments where children make friends in a cubby, a sandpit, or during play time in general.

 

Organising your child care furniture a certain way serves a dual purpose. Centre owners segregate areas so they serve a certain purpose and children learn the importance of boundaries. They don’t take their paints from arts and crafts into the reading area, and they know to walk, not run, because there’s no room for it.

Setting up a daycare

Daycares are a place of fun, learning and trust. Parents trust the teachers to care for their children, who learn and have fun at the same time. Setting up a daycare effectively requires a bit of planning and coordination.

Fun

According to psychologists and as written in the Early Years Learning Framework, children learn from their surrounds. When they’re learning and having fun at once, they’re learning passively. The kids will learn certain skills, build on them and use them in their lives to come.

A daycare centre needs a fun “play time” area that’s equipped to deal with little ones. Cubby houses are widespread and companies build them around certain themes. The options are endless but common cubby house designs include corner shops, kitchens and miniature houses. For the kids who want to “play house” but didn’t get to the cubby in time, some daycare centres stock large, soft building blocks. The children stack these as they like whether a house, a fence or a simple line of soft blocks they can use for gymnastics.

Learning

Daycare is fun and games for the most part. But there comes a time when the kids must sit and do some structured activity.

A dedicated area with desks and chairs is found in any daycare centre. Large tables are used to encourage kids to work together and develop a sense of “belonging” in a group. The furniture is low-set to match the size of the children. They’re made with wood, plastic or both and day-cares can order them in colours for something different.

Other items to add to the “learning” aspect of a daycare is a space to read. Children can read books with their teachers, by themselves at a desk or in a “quiet area” with some soft furniture (cushions) and a book caddy.

Rest

Kids have fun, learn a lot and then sleep before they do it all over again. Day care centres have room for short sleeps in their schedules so that their charges can rest and recharge. Daycare furniture suppliers do have small bed frames available. A common option, though, is to lay out mattresses on the floor.

Daycare furniture that children use everyday

You’ll find “essential” daycare furniture like tables and chairs in every centre you visit. There’s also areas for the children to play and rest. Other pieces of furniture mightn’t seem so important but they’re definitely something the children will play with and use constructively every day.

Easels
Easels can come with whiteboard backing, magnetic backing or just as a wood frame with space to hold a canvas. Children use these to make works of art that get hung around the classroom or taken home to show off to parents.

It’s healthy for kids to have a traditional creative outlet; they enjoy music, drama and active play. Normally they draw at a desk. But as a fun change getting some easels, a few paint pallets and lots of brushes encourages them to unleash their inner Picasso.

Building blocks
For the builder or architect within. Building blocks are made and sold in large packs but there’s a multitude of options. Many daycares will have the traditional models made of wooden. Large, soft foam blocks, though, double as furniture. Large rectangular blocks can act as seats used in group activities or when children just want to sit together.

Daycare furniture suppliers make the foam blocks in a range of colours to keep the item “playful” like the centre they’re going to. They also come in various shapes. It’s common for kids to make forts and houses out of the blocks.

Cubby houses
Kids copy what they see, and cubby houses give them an environment to act it out. Whether it’s an episode of their favourite reality cooking show or cartoon, there’s an option available to suit. Some daycare furniture suppliers can make cubbies to order.

Cubbies get used every day because they so much fun to begin with. The children play house, or firemen or whatever other scenario the cubby allows. When cubbies are occupied, another option is for the children to use the foam blocks to make a house instead.

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.