Franklin Early Childhood School provides high quality learning, integrated services and family support and participation in a community based environment for children and their families during the all-important early learning years. It is also the first purpose built public early childhood school in the ACT.
Franklin Early Childhood School was designed to meet the needs of students in the age range of birth to 8 years; a facility specifically designed to accommodate their developmental characteristics. The design of the school meets the children’s need for exercise, rest, quiet contemplation, collaborative learning, academic and social inquiry, investigation and exploration.
Franklin Early Childhood School is a colourful and connected series of buildings that, upon entering, embraces your senses and sets a tone of anticipation. The learning environment is composed of three interconnected buildings; Learning Wing (childcare and Preschool), Hub Learning (Kindergarten to Grade 2) and Hub Admin (community facilities and admin) within a landscape setting.
The school is also designed for two related but diverse providers, the first being the childcare facility that is open from 7.30 am until 6 pm and the second is the public education facility that addresses the first four years of schooling in the ACT i.e. preschool through to Kindergarten, year one and year two.
The design of the learning environment is based on the core ideas of ‘connectivity’ and ‘rite of passage’. Connectivity between learning spaces visually and physically, as well as linking internal and external spaces are important aspects of the early learning model. This was achieved in the design by having similar age groups having interconnected playrooms. In addition all playrooms have a strong visual connection to the outside and seamless physical connection to the outdoors. The learning wing footprint is composed of a series of small scale wings linked together via an internal circulation spine, which plays to the notion of a ‘cottage and garden’ setting. The Learning Hub is located to the north of the site and is seen to occupy the ‘senior’ position within the school hierarchy.