The Early Learning Centre was built as Stage 1 of the Kings
Community Centre. It caters for up to 90 pre-school children, and it’s design
and pedagogy is inspired by the educators of Reggio Emilia. This approach to
education recognises the ‘Environment as the Third Teacher’ meaning the
buildings are to be welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and promote
relationships, communication, collaboration and exploration through play.
The centre has 3 separate learning community spaces and a
larger open space for creative activities (Atelier) and communal activities
(Piazza). A skylight down the length of this space ensures the area always has
an abundance of natural light. Generous undercover outdoor areas are provided,
and the Outdoor Learning Space was designed by landscape architects from JPE.