This Early Childhood Centre in Te Awamutu sits on the campus of Waipa Christian School, and has been designed for Creators Educational Trust. The 170sqm centre has been built using an innovative modular panel system, the and is the first example of this system being used in New Zealand. The prefabricated unit is built from coated, insulated steel panels, that are bought to site and quickly assembled. The low-cost and energy efficient building process means the construction of the centre took just eight weeks to complete. This is an exciting development in the future of low-cost, efficient construction models for early childhood centres in New Zealand.
The centre itself accommodates 40 children and has been built with the Reggio approach in mind. Natural materials feature throughout the centre and playrooms feature dedicated art spaces for children where they can learn about and experiment with different materials.