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Spaces for Young Children: A practical guide to planning, designing and building the perfect space 2ed

by Mark Dudek National Children's Bureau
Pub Date:
09/2012
ISBN:
9781907969959
Format:
Pbk 120 pages
Price:
AU$31.99 NZ$33.03
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Many childcare practitioners understand the importance of architecture in ensuring good provisionfor young children and their families. Whether making minor modifications to an existing facility,embarking on major improvements, or a new construction, this book will empower early yearsprofessionals to work with building professionals to create the best space for young children. Itaddresses the big things, such as efficient heating and ventilation, but more importantly suggeststhe smaller features that can provide an educationally stimulating environment.Spaces for Young Children looks at: why architecture is important a history of childcare environments designing space for young children details that enhance play risk and challenge within a safe environment the importance of outdoor play the process of design, procurement and construction.Good architecture combines the practical with a sense of delight. A building can help to makechildren's experience of their early years care secure and inspiring. Drawing on experiencefrom the UK and Europe, this second edition aims to ensure that advances in childrensarchitecture will be well informed. It has been revised throughout and includes an overview oflegal compliance, consulting with children, building for communities, local involvement andachieving high quality builds with small budgets.

Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The Architecture. 2. The Space. 3. The Detail. 4. The Design Process. 5. The Construction Process. Endnotes. References. Further Reading. Contacts. Terms and Definitions. Early Years Educators. Index.

Even small scale changes can make a significant difference to how young children and practitioners experience their childcare environments. This book highlights the importance of well thought out design, focusing in particular on practical solutions. Spaces for Young Children contributes to the support available for practitioners developing their thinking in this area.
Mark Dudek is a Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield and has been a practising architect for 20 years. He has designed and built many childcare environments and has published books on early years architecture, school buildings and childrens urban culture.