O’Kai Childcare Center

Early childhood education started relatively late in China, and many parents have a somewhat limited understanding of it. As a result, many babies miss the golden period of development from 0 to 3 years. To explore the significance of early childhood education more comprehensively, we decided to incorporate the meaning of early education into the design.
 

After discussions with the kindergarten management, our goal was to create a warm, free, scientific, and safe "home-like" childcare environment across three levels.
 

First Floor: Early Childhood Psychology and Design

Kindergarten Design

The main space on the first floor combines various functions, including a theme wall, reception area, play area, and handwashing sinks. The curved and textured walls create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The blue ocean ball pit in the play area serves as an eye-catching element, helping children alleviate "separation anxiety" and integrate more quickly into group life while playing.

Kindergarten Design

For babies aged 0-3 months, who are in the sensitive period for light, numerous point light sources on the ceiling are designed to protect the baby's vision and prevent dizziness.
 

Second Floor: Child Safety and Design

Kindergarten Design

At the junction of the staircase and the second-floor corridor, we designed a safety guardrail. The staircase handrail is designed with a double-layer handrail suitable for both children and adults. Children aged 1-2 years are in the sensitive period for large muscle development, and climbing the stairs is an excellent way to enhance their balance and coordination.

Kindergarten Design

Babies aged 10-12 months already have some visual recognition abilities, and we have flexibly incorporated various shapes into the design of the children's activity room to deepen the child's memory and recognition abilities of shapes.
 

Basement: Child Activities and Design

Kindergarten Design

On the staircase side of the first and basement levels, we installed sensory walls to allow children to engage in sensory training, turning the walls into tools for children's development.

Project Name
O’Kai Childcare Center
Project Type
Kindergarten Design
Design Team
Xi Yuan Kindergarten Design Research Institute