Underdale leading way in centre design
A modern, purpose-built early learning centre will open its doors at Underdale, South Australia, today.
The single level centre consists of six large learning spaces that lead directly to the outdoor areas, and a separate nursery sleep room, and reflects the needs of the Underdale community.
It has a playground with sensory gardens, mud kitchens, earth pits and dry creek beds leading to two large sandpits. There is a commercial kitchen with a servery to the outdoor dining hub which allows the centre cook to serve and interact with our children and engage in cooking and preparing meals.
SA state manager Paula Pittam said the centre, which is just 5km west of the Adelaide CBD, was in a high demand area and would ensure children had access to high-quality early learning.
“It’s a beautifully designed centre which really supports the local community,” Ms Pittam said. “It has been designed to support quality early learning to benefit all children, employees and families.”
New centre director Katice Martin said as a not-for-profit organisation “children are the focus of everything we do, and we work very hard to ensure that children attending our centres get the best possible start in life”.
She said her team of qualified educators and teachers were looking forward to welcoming children to the centre with a program to cater to each stage of development.
“The curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and is tailored to your child’s individual interests,” she said.
Goodstart Underdale was built using Goodstart’s design brief standards which are a result of input from teams throughout the organisation. The standards provide guidelines to consolidate the knowledge they have gained from many years of providing early learning and care to Australian families.