It has almost been by default that we have found ourselves increasingly active in the Child Care Centre sector. We have always “gone where our clients go” and it seems that there is a real enthusiasm amongst both our existing clients and a lot of new clients for development at both ends of the age spectrum. Our growing reputation in the field of early learning centres comes not only as a result of an increasing demand in the sector but also from a growing interest in creating diverse horizontal mixed use developments adjacent to or in neighbourhood and sub regional shopping centres.
Our current child care centre projects include sites at Redbank Plains, Narangba Heights, Deception Bay, Goodna and Chapel Hill which all have either a direct association with shopping centres or with new medium density residential developments. The merits for this urban planning outcome are numerous and a sense of community is enhanced with mixed uses that also include swim schools, community centres, food outlets and retirement living.
Part of the POWE success has been identifying alliance partners such as Childcare Concepts and bringing together the right team of experienced professionals to deliver our client’s projects. Through our work in this exciting sector, we have also established a strong relationship with the team at Childcare Concepts who can offer their clients a unique child care centre development service to invest in the child care industry through either the purchase of existing centres or through building, owning or operating their own centres.
The Powe Approach
One of the primary principles guiding our approach to child care is that we advocate for the design, development and delivery of an early childhood learning centre being considered from the child’s perspective at all times. We believe this approach aligns strongly with many of the centre operator’s principles: ‘Children are central to everything we do’. We also believe that it is not just the architect who is responsible for the design of a new Early Learning Centre. It has been our experience that the entire team must engage with the child care community and with the key stakeholders to work collaboratively to provide the best project outcome. Only a thorough understanding of child care philosophies and approaches will achieve the most practical results for all stakeholders and, most importantly, the children. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with preliminary advice or recommendations for your next child care project.