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Space to Grow - Design guidance for early learning and childcare and out of school care services

DescriptionThis guidance is designed to maximise positive experiences for children and improve the quality of care and learning by helping to make ELC and OSC services the best they can be in terms of design. The guidance will act as a tool for providers, planners and architects when planning new and/or refurbishing existing early learning and childcare and out of school care services.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJune 30, 2017


ISBN 978 1 78851 012 7 (web only publication)
PPDAS 265698

This document is also available in pdf format (6.1 MB)


Ministerial Foreword
Care Inspectorate Foreword


Purpose of the Guidance

Section One: Example Case Studies
Use of existing assets (existing facilities/buildings)
Extension to existing accommodation
Use of outdoor space
Use of mezzanine areas
New builds
Use of modular builds
Use of modular/off site construction

Section Two: A Positive Environment - Guidance
Location and Entrance
Space for Children
Staff, Parents and the Community
Heating, Lighting, Noise and Sustainability
Hand Hygiene
Changing Facilities
Kitchen and Food Preparation
Laundry and Utility Provision

Consultation with Agencies and Regulatory Bodies



Appendix 1: Good Design: Summary of Environment Input Standards