How the right boundary wall aids a childcare centre’s success

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The right security perimeter fencing or boundary wall for a childcare centre must meet a number of requirements. Choosing the right solution could not only save you money and time, but also increase the assessment rating and popularity of the childcare centre.

When the physical learning environment is stimulating and creates a ‘wow-factor’, it not only impresses families and engages children — it can also lead to a stronger centre assessment result, which ultimately plays a key role in a childcare centre’s success in the industry.

 

1. Secure and safe

The wall or fence must be secure and made from safe, sturdy materials, to comply with Area 2 and 3 of the National Quality Standard, which childcare centre assessments are based upon. For example, chain-link fencing is climbable and far too visible from the public, while timber fencing weakens rapidly and causes dangerous splintering over time.

A strong boundary offers families a safe and private atmosphere when walking into the space, which is an important factor during enrolment periods.

 

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2. Acoustically rated

Whether it’s to keep traffic noise out or to keep playground noise in, sound attenuation is a key factor to keeping your centre a safe space and to keeping neighbouring residents happy. The last thing you need, after spending time and money on a new boundary solution, is to receive a notice from Council permitting you to now erect an acoustic wall due to noise complaints.

 

3. Cost effective

Brick walls are secure and offer a long design life, but come with large costs that many childcare centres may not have the budget for – especially when including a rendered finish. Budgets must be closely adhered to, especially in the first few years of operation, however this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality or aesthetics.

 

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4. Durable

The playground of a childcare centre is a space to engage in active play and explore their surroundings, and thus may need to withstand more wear and tear than other structures. The more your centre has to spend on maintenance, the less it will have to run effectively and the less profit it will provide.

 

5. Fast build schedule

Specifically affecting operational centres, renovation projects mean that the children may have restricted or no access to the playground, which can severely interfere with staff programming schedules, the safe operation of the centre and the wellbeing of the children (related to Outcome 3 of the Early Years Learning Framework) .

A speedy installation ensures that the project limits inconvenience and hassle for everyone involved – including parents that may not appreciate when the facility is not fully functional.

 

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6. Enhance their learning environment

Children are stimulated by their senses and a fun, lively learning space has been directly related to better learning and positive emotional behaviours. When referring back to the National Quality Standard, Area 3 details the requirements for the physical environments of childcare centres. If your physical environment is having a positive, engaging reaction with your children, families and assessors will notice this, and the business will flow in.

Written by Evelyn Kandris

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