SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 2, 2021 – ‐Seoul Design Foundation developed a tailored design guideline (S-care Design Guideline) for daycares’ safe and educational environment. The Guideline has design principles to create a safer environment in preschools.
The S-care Design Guideline comprises four main principles to be considered when daycare centers are considering renovating or constructing facilities. The four principles are ➀ taking children’s growth into account, ➁ creating a safe and healthy environment, ➂ providing sensory stimulation, and ④ promoting efficient childcare by teachers. Daycares can apply parts or all of the guideline based on the characteristics and size of the institution.
The purpose of the new guideline is to offer a design that helps make Seoulites’ lives more convenient. In detail, Seoul aimed to build safer daycare centers where parents can trust by creating an ideal nurturing environment and raising the quality of the space design.
For example, they installed long windows on doors to allow adults and children to see what is happening on the other side of the door. Also, stickers are attached to the doors to prevent injuries from bumping. All lights have a cover to stop bulbs from dropping and causing accidents. Restrooms have special non-slip flooring to protect children from sliding. Other bathrooms facilities are designed for educational purposes, such as potty training, considering kids’ body sizes.
The Foundation also developed eight different design items based on the guidelines installed in the daycare centers. The items are designed to stimulate creativity and a sense of independence in children while keeping them safe from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.
Prime examples of the items are Biofarm that allows kids to experience nature indoors regardless of the weather conditions; children-size Entrance Hand Sanitizer Kits whose animal shapes add fun to kids’ lives in daycares; and cute toilet partitions with animals paintings.
Additionally, the centers have ▴ shoe racks equipped with storage benches and automatic sanitizing functions, ▴ multi-functional chairs for teachers, embedded with leg rest and tiny lamp that does not interfere with children’s sleep, and ▴ wheeled night lights for kids that are easy to move.
The Foundation tried to reflect as many opinions as possible from teachers, parents, and kids when developing these items. In addition, all items were designed based on the universal design that put priority on users’ safety and experience.
The Seoul Design Foundation applied the new guideline and designs to four newly-established daycare centers run by district offices. A survey showed that parents and teachers are highly satisfied with the new project, giving 92.1 points out of 100.
The Foundation is currently holding an exhibition with the new guideline and designs in Universal Design Lifestyle Platform (UDP) on the third floor of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). The free exhibition, titled “S-care Design for Children,” is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM. Visitors can get hands-on experience with eight items designed for daycare centers.
Lee Kyung-Don, CEO of the Seoul Design Foundation, said, “We carried out the S-care Design Application Project for Daycare Centers in an effort to create a clean and safe environment where parents can rely on. I hope the four centers will be great models for future projects. Our Foundation will keep working on diverse projects to enhance our citizens’ life quality.”