Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Te Awamutu kindy first for New Zealand

Te Awamutu Kindy first for New Zealand


The award-winning architect behind a new Te Awamutu childcare development says the energy efficient kindergarten will be the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Built using an innovative modular panel system, Creators@Waipa Christian kindergarten’s facility on Swarbrick Drive will take just eight weeks to complete.

Phil Smith, of Collingridge and Smith Architects, said the 170sqm prefabricated centre, built from coated insulated steel panels, leads the way in terms of energy efficiency and quick build time.

“It’s a modular build, kind of like giant Lego pieces, which means a very short construction period.

It’s exciting for us to be using this super-efficient system in New Zealand for the first time,” Mr Smith said.

Environmentally-focused childcare centre design is a hallmark of Mr Smith, who won the 2014 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Innovation Award for Te Mirumiru Childhood Education Centre in Kawakawa.

The Northland centre was another first for New Zealand as the first commercial building to use an earth roof and bank as part of a passive heating and cooling system.

“We are expecting Creators to be a landmark in Te Awamutu, just like Te Mirumiru has become in Kawakawa.”

Energy-saving features of the Te Awamutu centre include natural ventilation, good insulation levels and low energy lighting. Non-toxic, low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials have been used in the centre, eliminating paints and other materials thought to trigger respiratory problems.

Photovoltaic panels on the roof produce most of the electricity needed to operate the building.

Creators’ director Rick Fourie said the $320,000 building, adjacent to Waipa Christian School, complements the organisation’s values-based approach to childcare.

“Phil’s design is excellent because it fits so well with the Creator’s ethos,” Mr Fourie said.

The centre’s $120,000 fit-out will feature Italian-made furniture and a natural playground, with design based on global Reggio Children Foundation research on children and space.

“We know design can have a profound influence on child development, learning and quality of play.

This fit-out provides a stimulating, beautiful environment for children.”

Creators@Waipa will be licensed for 40 children, have six teaching staff and offer 20 hours free early childhood education. The 20 free hours will include two-year-olds as well as the usual three-to-five year olds, as a service to the community, Mr Fourie said.

The first Creators childcare centre opened in Hamilton in 2010, with plans to open centres throughout New Zealand within the next few years. The organisation also offers home-based childcare through Creators @ Home.

The organisation is founded on Christian values and uses the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, where learning originates from the child’s ideas and interests.

“We’re very pleased to be bringing a new option for values-based childcare to Te Awamutu. We think it fills a niche and complements the good work of the Waipa Christian School and bible chapel.”

For more information www.creators.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news