Design Brief – Blog Post 3
Childcare Drop Off
Childcare drop off is a stressful, busy and sometimes emotional part of the day. People are generally pushed for time, on their way to work, managing more than one task at once while surrendering their child into someone else’s care for the work day.
When I completed my initial observation in blog post 2, I noted that it was difficult in the mornings to locate the room in which to leave your child if arrive when the shift between room occurs.
budget, staff time, locations
The children go from one room to two at about 8am, presumably because this is when majority of the children arrive.
The children gather in the toddler room before being split into toddler and kindy.
Time is not strictly adhered to as they can be in the toddler room at 8:10.
There is room staff but also a floater as this is a high movement time.
Staff expect children to be anxious and respond to parents and children quickly.
The catalyst for moving children out of the toddler room – is it student number, staff constraints or prescribed by time?
Which area within the kindy room they will move into – main, veranda or preschool area
Possible Space Design Solutions
A sign on the cork board that is visible from the front door. Carers will walk past this anyway. They could have a magnetic/ blu tacked option that they slot into place:
Kindy and Preschoolers are in the : Kindy verandah
Or, the reshuffling time could be made earlier so that it is preemptive of the drop off rush. Even moving the time back 15minutes. Parents could be notified that by 7:45, each child will be in their designated classroom.
Or, if there was the opportunity for a complete redesign – a separate entry and exit door so that the drop off process happened like a factory production line (unfeeling, I know) where you walk through the hall and peel off into the room you need. There would be less congestion as the entrance and exit are separate.