Shearwater Early Childhood facility for The Mullumbimby Steiner School, provides two kindergartens plus two pre-school buildings on a site purchased after the original Masterplan was initiated. This project rounds out the full building programme on the campus in Mullumbimby, northern NSW.
The Shearwater Kindergarten forms one part of the Shearwater School Early Childhood Centre, comprising a play group and a purpose designed Pre School. Both the Pre School & Kindergarten have two groups of 25 children each, who then move on to Class 1 in the double stream Primary School. The Kindergarten is situated between the school farm and the Primary / High School near Mullumbimby Creek, with thick remnant rainforested banks.
The overarching desire is that the child should experienced the Kindergarten as a total environment of garden, transitional space and protective inner sanctum, offering refuge and prospect. Important rhythms and events; story telling circle, rest /sleep time/morning greeting & shoe changing, are supported by a rich, nurturing and functional environment.