GROW Upp Children's Areas By HABA

Educational Concept

This is where grow.upp comes in:

Discovery Rooms!

with its design the furniture matches the diverse needs of children, picking up the educational beneÀt, facilitating the daily routine and supporting the educa- tional work of the teachers. The new room concept challenges the children every day, encouraging them to mnd their own creative solutions when playing. The interaction of thinking, acting and feeling supports the children’s de- velopment and learning processes. This concept supports a children‘s curi- osity when exploring the room’s environ- ment or pausing in the interesting retreat areas. Platforms, trapezoid cabinets, cub- by hole caves, and angle and corner ca- binets open up a true “ movement paradi- se “ for the children, which makes a variety of physical and perception experiences possible. This creates some relief for the teachers. The educational areas, play areas and re- treat spaces can be used by many child- ren. Depending on their individual needs they can retreat, occupy themselves, ob- serve quietly or simply have a rest in one of the cubby hole caves. A stimulating and varied environment , in which three- dimensional experiences can be gathe-

red, helps the inquisitive child learn about their world. Color Scheme The inspiration from nature can be found in the grow.upp selection of shapes and color. Gentle, subdued colors, which are close to nature, soothe the eyes and give positive visual stimuli . Carefully selec- ted color accents – on the furniture as well as in the entire room – give children the stimulus required for their development. Colors create emotional reactions . They affect moods and contribute to a sense of well-being. The colors are perceived not only by the eyes but also by the enti- re body. They affect breathing, the pulse, the hormones, the nervous system and the brain. Grow.upp also pays attention to the diffe- rent development-dependant perceptions of color: Children are provided with har- monious colors with few contrasts . Se- lected visual stimuli are given through play material, carpets and fabrics. The furniture for preschool children is also characterised by a harmonious color scheme. Selective contrasts emphasise the clarity, order and structure of the room

design. The new holistic grow.upp room concept meets all the requirements which are set for a Áexible furniture for ages to six years. It makes simple and time-saving handling by the teachers possible, even when the room is spon- taneously changed as part of children’s play. With these room concepts, individual solutions can quickly and simply be found in mixed-age groups.

A Holistic Room Concept to Support the Development of Children Age 0-6 Years

Early childhood is a very important phase in human develop- ment. In the time from birth to age six a child develops more quickly and fundamentally in all areas of personality, than ever again in their later life. Perception, motor skills, cognition, emotion, social competence, and language development are essential building blocks for healthy child development, as is the building and strengthening of social relationships. Howe- ver, this foundation doesn’t simply occur and develop. Children actively encounter the world from the very start: questioning, inquisitive and boldly making it “their own”. In the everyday life of a preschool this can create almost in- surmountable challenges for educators. Depending on their average daily stay, many children spend at least 6,000-8,000 waking hours of their most important developmental phase in daycares and preschools.

Silke Schönrade

Sport science graduate (German Sport University Cologne) Consultant for interior design and room concepts in preschools

Specialist author Freelance lecturer with a focus on: Room design in daycares • and preschools Psychomotor function • Motor diagnostics • Language development •

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