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5 Ways to Spend Your Leftover Cash From Your Preschool Equipment Budget

Your preschool equipment is the bread and butter of your centre; there’s very little you can do without it. Once you have everything you need though, you might be pleasantly surprised to find some of your budget leftover. There’s every reason to do something fun with it, and we list five fun options  below.


  • Paint a mural

Preschool and daycare centres are meant to be bright and welcoming. It’s a place where kids can let their imaginations and creative spirits fly. Why not encourage that and commission a mural? You can find local artists on social media or through recommendations. You can reach out to other schools who have murals and ask who did their work, too.


  • Accessorise

Wall pegs, pillows, artwork, plants; little details that complete the big picture. People are very visual and enjoy looking at something pretty hanging on the wall. Creature comforts like pillows come in handy when someone needs back support or something to lean against. Also handy for naps!


  • Open Day Party

What better way to say ‘welcome to our community’ than to throw an open day party for families! Plan and advertise early on and if there’s leftovers from your preschool equipment budget, then you can splash out some extra funds on games, catering, or even a bouncy castle.


  • Get LOTS of books

Preschool isn’t all toys. Some kids like to read and daycare centres make room for it in their schedules.

You can order books online or even buy them secondhand in charity stores. The amount of sources are endless.


  • Do something for your staff

Your staff will spend the majority of their days at the preschool, sometimes until later in the evening. Get something to show how much you appreciate their efforts. Spend the leftover preschool equipment budget on spa vouchers/pampering, stationery sets for something fun (who doesn’t like stationery?) or take them out to lunch. A little gratitude goes a long way!


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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.


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.

Preschool equipment you can have at home

Preschool equipment isn’t just for the day care centre. Savvy parents source small furniture for their house. Even cafe’s have ‘pint sized’ furniture, where their smaller customers can sip babychino’s.

Daycare centres and the like buy preschool equipment that’s exclusively for their use. Outlets like Kinder Design build child care furniture that’s functional and durable to last several years. The pieces are colourful and built for purpose, so the little ones use them with relative ease.

You can buy items for the home to keep your little one entertained. Children are creative and curious by nature and it’s good to have preschool equipment, or preschool-sized toys, around that keeps their minds occupied. For their inner artist having a standing blackboard (easel) is a great outlet. A blackboard easel plus a chalk set equals a relatively mess-free play time.

Cubby houses and roleplay sets are another piece of preschool equipment that parents and guardians will value. You might even want to join in during play-time! Kids will imitate what they see in real-life. Having a role play set, like a barbecue or a tool bench, encourages children to use the ‘tools’ effectively. One day with the play set, the next day they’re in the kitchen!

Building blocks are old faithfuls in both play and education. As toddlers, children learn about feel, shapes and how to name them. When they grow older, they look at the world around them more ‘scientifically’. Children and their friends will share ideas, learn how to fit the blocks together and use the correct vocabulary to describe them.

Centres specially order the preschool equipment from Kinder Design. At home, you can create a familiar, constructive environment for your child. Chalk and easels don’t make a lot of mess and gives kids the chance to can create some masterpieces. With building blocks, they’ll expand both their vocabulary and learn about construction. Role play sets allows them to become the MasterChef they see in television, or in their own kitchen. Your child will help you make dinner before you know it.