Perth early learning hits new heights with high-rise childcare
APARTMENT living is on the up and now toddlers can get a taste of the lifestyle at Perth’s first high-rise childcare centre.
Spread over three levels, Skyplay North Perth more closely resembles the headquarters of a Silicon Valley start-up than a play school.
The 114-capacity centre has towering steel beams, exposed concrete and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Its off-set slab design allows trees to span multiple storeys, bringing nature into the classroom.
Fronted by the heritage-listed North Perth Police Station, which was built in 1907 and has been adapted into the design, the centre opened two weeks ago and is the fifth offering from the family-run School of Early Learning, which concentrates on inner-city and western suburbs locations.
Co-owner and commercial director Brett Thomson said every detail of the building’s architecture had been considered carefully.
“They talk about environment being the third teacher (after parents and educators), so it is actually very important if we want to be innovators in education for us to also be innovators in childcare design,” he said.
“Land comes at a bit of a premium in the kinds of suburbs we like to operate in and consequently to get the size centre we wanted on this particular site we had to go up.”
Children are taught by fine arts graduates in a double-height studio that sits at the heart of the building next to a kitchen and dining area staffed by chefs.
In the centre’s other areas, which are separated by age group, indoor spaces connect directly with covered outdoor areas and give access to outside play all year round.