Child-Friendly Kindergarten Bathrooms – Design Ideas

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 600)

Abstract

Creating a child-friendly hygienic and sanitary space refers not only to area that is associated with a bathroom at home. The toilets in kindergartens are one of the most important rooms in these institutions. They have a significant impact on the well-being of children, as well as their health and safety. As it turns out, the preschoolers often avoid using the bathrooms in kindergarten due to both unfavorable sanitary infrastructure and discomfort associated with various psychosocial factors, including the lack of a sense of privacy. Such reactions can cause serious health effects. Therefore, the planning and design of bathrooms and selection of sanitary equipment for the children at the kindergarten should be done with great care and attention to the needs and requirements of this age group. Designing a functional, safe bathroom for kindergarten requires knowledge of the rules, regulations and references to the needs of children in terms of their physical skills. However arranging the child-friendly bathroom requires something more. It needs consideration of the requirements and expectations of children in terms of their relationship with the environment and the widely understood friendliness, coziness and attractiveness of the surrounding conditions. The work will be discussed the examples of creating and arranging kindergarten bathrooms, taking into account the above aspects. Specific models will show the possibilities of functional and aesthetic formation of bathrooms.

Keywords

Ergonomics Architectural design Interior design Bathrooms design Toilets design Preschool children Kindergarten Accessibility Safety Comfort Hygiene Health Privacy Child-friendliness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureWroclaw University of Science and TechnologyWroclawPoland

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