New centre a nod to the future
A new purpose-built centre at Port Road Cheltenham has been designed using Goodstart Early Learning’s new design brief standards, and features modern, airy rooms with plenty of natural features.
Opening on Monday (September 3), the 112-place centre features a central hub which is a spacious, covered outdoor area forming a vast, usable space all year round. The hub is a dining space for children who can self-serve meals directly from the kitchen servery and interact with the centre cooks.
This hub will also be used for family and community events.
“The children will have the option of sitting inside or outside, and they will be able to interact with the centre chef and talk about what they’re eating and what they like. Think of a Piazza in Italy and you will have an idea of the social opportunities this space will provide,” South Australia state manager Paula Pittam said.
“The centre features a purpose-built design which puts children at the centre of everything Goodstart does. It will allow children more opportunities to be involved in quality early learning,” she said.
Paula said the Cheltenham centre, which is a single-level building with six activity rooms, had been developed in an area with a strong demand for a quality service.
New centre director Romana De Angelis, who has joined the centre after more than 12 years at Prospect in Adelaide, said the centre would also feature an outdoor stage and blackboard, a wooden bridge and mud kitchen, plenty of trees and pathways – a real nature play environment.
A yarning circle will provide an area for storytelling and there is a fairy house and gardens.
“There’s a great natural environment for the children to explore and all ages will be able to play in the garden together,” Ms De Angelis said. “Inside, there are spacious rooms with natural lighting and a mixture of furniture reflecting a home environment. The neutral colours create welcoming spaces and carefully positioned play area create an environment that inspires learning.”
Ms De Angelis said her favourite play space is the Art Studio corner in each of the older rooms.
“I can’t wait to see the masterpieces the children create in here.”
The new design brief standards are a result of input from various teams throughout the organisation, and provide guidelines to consolidate the knowledge they have gained from many years of providing early learning and care to Australian families.
The standards are a guide for designers, developers, landscape architects and builders to create consistency throughout the organisation.
State mangers contributed to the project to ensure local and state nuances were considered.
The centre will host an open day on October 21 from 10am-1pm, with the centre director and educators all on hand to meet families. Food tastings will be prepared by the centre cook.