Benefits of childcare furniture
Children have to be provided with an environment both at home and school which is appropriate for their age and supports their requirements to explore and play. It has to be conducive for the child’s interaction with people, space, and material. People at home and school have to be positively inclined to the child and his needs. In terms of the space, an environment which provides ample scope for the child to run and move freely is beneficial. Finally the material aspect calls for a lot of attention in terms of design and placement of items at home and in school.
Childcare furniture is today recognised as an essential element of a growing child’s needs. On one hand the furniture has to be safe to use. On the other hand it has to look good and be appropriate. A lot of research in design goes into childcare furniture. Take the example of a child’s chair. It has to be sturdy and made of hard wood so that it can easily support the weight of the child and not topple over easily. The chair should have rounded edges which ensure that the child does not get hurt by accidentally hitting himself on the edges.
Consider a child’s bunk bed. It is not common for adults to sleep on bunk beds at home, however children just love them. Bunk beds for children have to be specially designed. They have to be sturdy and have rounded edges so that children do not get hurt. The ladder has to be strong and properly placed. Many of these beds come in a variety of appealing colors making it attractive for the children to use them. There should be side railings on the upper deck to restrict children from falling off.
Similarly childcare furniture used in schools need to be appropriately designed. Size is an important consideration. We have a range of equipment and accessories for children. Consider the washrooms for children. The sinks have to be of an appropriate height. If they are too low, children may climb into them, if they are too high, they will not be able to reach them. The toilet bowl for a child has to be smaller and of a low height. The towel racks also need to be lower in height.
Childcare furniture and accessories are beneficial as they are appropriate for the children who use them. They have been especially thought of and designed for the use of children. A baby sleeps in a crib which is well guarded by railings on all sides. As it grows and starts to walk, a small bed has to be provided. Railings are no more required. Similarly a child needs a desk and chair to sit and carry out his activities. As he grows up, the size of the chair and table also have to enlarge. Similarly accessories such as mats, boards, colors of walls, the tiling on the floor all have to be considered. Another important aspect is the proper placement of items in the available space.