Fitout Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings

Fitout Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings

Safari Childcare Bray
Safari Childcare Bray

We have been involved in a number of creche fitouts for companies such as Safari Childcare and Play Together Childcare, following the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings

The Guidelines provide a framework for the design of early learning and care settings to make childcare settings accessible to all children. The guidelines cover a wide range of design elements, from the layout of the physical space to the selection of materials, furniture, and equipment. 

Here are 5 key factors included in the guidelines which are particularly important.


The guidelines emphasize the importance of making childcare settings accessible to children with disabilities, ensuring that they can participate fully in all activities. When completing a project, it is important to consider the design features that can enhance accessibility, such as ramps, handrails, and accessible bathrooms.

Inclusive Design

The guidelines recommend that childcare settings are designed to be inclusive of children from all backgrounds and abilities. This can be achieved through the use of color, texture, and lighting, as well as the layout of furniture and equipment. We discuss with clients the importance of inclusive design and the specific design features that can help create an inclusive environment.



The guidelines emphasize the importance of safety in childcare settings, particularly for young children who may be more prone to accidents. We have extensive knowledge of all safety requirements for childcare settings, such as the need for non-slip floors, safe furniture, and secure storage for hazardous materials.



The guidelines recommend that early learning and care settings be designed with sustainability in mind, to reduce the environmental impact of the building and promote a healthy learning environment for children. We inform clients about the sustainability features that can be incorporated into the design of the building, such as energy-efficient lighting, natural ventilation, and the use of sustainable building materials.

Long-Term Cost Savings

By incorporating universal design principles during the fitout process, contractors can help create spaces that are future-proofed and adaptable. This reduces the need for costly modifications or renovations down the line when accommodating children with different abilities or changing program requirements. It also enhances the longevity of the facility, accommodating a wider range of users over time.

Creighan Contracts are trusted specialists in childcare and creche fitout. If you’re in the process of setting up a new creche or considering renovating or refurbishing your existing space, contact us so we can help you put your vision in motion.