Daycare Centre Planning & Design

Introduction

Day-care centre, also called day nursery, nursery school, institution that provides supervision and care of infants and young children during the daytime, particularly so that their parents can hold jobs. First Daycare center appeared in France about 1840, and the ‘Société des Crèches’ was recognized by the French government in 1869.

India is a land full of opportunities for players in the daycare service industry. The country has become one of the major destinations for various daycare services.

Considering the above facts, Hospaccx team participates in Daycare centre planning and designing. This is macroficial study of Daycare Centre planning and designing if you want to get into more detail you can contact [email protected]

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Location and Square-Footage

Local need should be identified for childcare in the community to know where your daycare is needed for example, if you can have up to 20 kids in a room each requiring 35-square-feet, that’s 20 times 35. That means you need a classroom of 700-square-feet. Here, the preschool requirement is 35-square-feet per kid and max group size is 20 kids, so if you had a 1,000-square-foot storefront you would essentially only have room for one fully sized classroom.

Plus, there’s always going to be square footage you have to use for bathrooms, hallways and so on. The higher the classroom to overall space ratio the better. You want to use as much of your store front square-footage for classroom space as possible. Other things you might not have considered can eat up square-footage within the classroom include the space taken by sinks, water fountains, cot stacks and baby changing tables (which are often required, especially for younger kids). These can take off big time square-footage because they are not considered usable floor space in by some licensors. Check with your local authorities for any room items that may decrease square footage.

Costs and schedules

Cost is a key factor in most projects. Costs for design and construction vary widely depending on the type of project and the location, but there are some general factors to consider.

In most cases, paying more up front for thorough preliminary work is a good investment rather than a real added cost. A properly planned project can be built less expensively, and will also save time by minimizing or eliminating the need for backtracking later in the process. Also, careful preliminary work will help to give you a center that really meets your needs in the long run, so future remodeling will be much less likely. These long-term factors should be weighed carefully when reviewing an architect’s proposed fees.

Steps in the design process

Following are typical steps in the design process.

Feasibility Study

In an big-picture sense, the architect reviews the appropriateness of the site in relation to the center’s goals, the budget, building and planning code issues, and other issues that may affect the overall feasibility of the project.

Master Plan

Often, centers receive funds piecemeal, over many years. A Master Plan may be made that lays out a long-term series of steps, so that construction work can be carried out in phases, in a logical order, with a minimum of backtracking. A Master Plan helps the center to avoid wasting money on short-term fixes that will need to be changed in the future, allows staff to understand the long-term goals and to work best with interim conditions, and may help the center get funding, by giving potential funders a solid plan that they can relate to.

Programming

All of the center’s goals and design criteria are decided and prioritized at the beginning of the project, and a Program is written up that will be a reference throughout the design process. Programming is a key process that helps to minimize expensive and time-consuming changes later in the process.

Schematic Design

The architect works out the general design and produce sketches to review with you. The architect will refine the design and revise the sketches until you have a design that you approve. It is important that you review the design carefully and make sure that all of the criteria set forth in the Program are met.

Design Development

Design Development

The design is refined, details are worked out, and materials are chosen and reviewed with you. The architect will give you samples of materials such as carpeting, linoleum, window shades, paint colors, moldings, and other materials that will be used in the building. At the end of Design Development, the basic design should be set. The architect may also review costs again at this point with the you. For smaller projects, Design Development may be combined with Schematic Design or with the next phase, Construction Documents.

Construction Documents. The architect produces drawings and written specifications to give the contractor all the information for pricing and building the project.

Bidding and Negotiation

A contractor is selected. You may know of a contractor who you wish to have built the project. In this case you would send them the Construction Documents and negotiate a price for construction. Or you may wish to ask for bids from several contractors. The Construction Documents are then sent to the contractors for bids. After you make your choice, a contract is drawn up between you and the contractor. The architect can help administrate the Bidding and Negotiation process.

Construction Administration  

The architect provides additional information to the contractor as needed, makes visits to the project during construction, and reviews the work to see that project is built as intended. The construction process is more complicated than many people realize, and having the architect on board for Construction Administration can save you a great deal of time and frustration, and insures the best product in the end. Some architects are experienced in working long-distance. In this case they would do most of the Construction Administration by phone and fax and possibly make a couple of site visits.

Set up utilities

A big part of daycare center setup is making sure your utilities are in order. This includes internet and a landline phone, electric, gas, water and garbage disposal. Commercial properties generally do not have garbage pickup included so it’s up to you to pay a company to haul off the garbage weekly or bi-monthly from a dumpster.

Classroom signage: there’s a lot of it!

Each daycare center classroom needs signage posted on the walls. Other good things to put up are classroom posters (colors, shapes, numbers, etc) and some artwork or even a mural. You can never go wrong with a mural (well, you can, so hire someone who paints daycare-center-appropriate murals). Also, the daycare center setup phase is a good time to buy awnings, window decals and outdoor signs. A daycare center with good signage and a nice front awning attracts new customers!

Daycare Center Inspection

Passing daycare center inspection requires knowing the rules and paying attention to every detail. City inspection is usually first, followed by the state inspection.

Get ready for a lineup of inspections

When you turn in your paperwork to the city business licensing department, various departments will come out. The daycare center inspection will include a long line of inspectors. Electrical, plumbing, fire protection, health surveillance (in my city health surveillance is the inspector who reviews daycare particular items such as the number of cribs, cots, etc., this is basically a miniature version of your state licensing inspector who will also check these things), kitchen inspectors, HVAC, etc. The list goes on. Officials will come check out various aspects and they’ll issue your city license.

Safety Precautions

Whether you are in a child care center or a family child care home, make your space safe for children. Store dangerous chemicals and medicines out of children’s reach. Cover electrical outlets, and store dangerous or breakable objects up high. Fix, lock up, or discard anything that might be a danger to children. Be sure all outdoor play areas are fenced in to keep children safe.

Conclusion

Daycare planning & designing is an important part of the profession of early childhood education. The care of children in daycare is well thought-out and developed over years of research and experience. Finding a space that meets the needs of your child can make a big difference in how they will benefit from child care.

Are you planning to design your Daycare Centre? We can help you to design your dream project, below are the healthcare design services that we offer:-

  • Healthcare Architecture Design services
  • MEP Design
  • Landscape Design services
  • Structural  Design services
  • Interior Design services

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