It takes a village (and STE Products) to raise a child
Alkira Early Learning Centre in Wamberal, NSW, offers long day care to children from six weeks to six years. The children enjoy nurturing care in a play-based learning environment, with a strong emphasis on nature pedagogy.
The centre is owned by two Central Coast families, who strongly believe in the proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child”. As such, they gave very careful thought to the interior and exterior environment that the educators and children would experience on a daily basis.
Jill Robinson, Co-Founder of Alkira ELC, wanted the centre to be as natural as possible, so she was delighted to discover STE Products and their timber furniture.
“I loved the concept of the Ergo Cots, as they help maintain the health and safety of our staff, while the castor wheels give peace of mind for an emergency evacuation,” Jill said. “At first, I wasn’t sure if they might look boxy once there were several in a room, but they are both practical and good looking!”
Jill ordered the natural Birchwood tables and storage units. “The Birchwood fits in with our objectives for the centre to look really natural. When designing the room layout, the different height and shape options for the tables and the storage cupboards make it easy to create an interesting room. The curved tables are particularly stylish. Also, we like to shake up the room design every now and then, and the castor wheels on the storage units mean we can alter things easily as our needs require.”
As well as the natural timber furniture, Jill selected the grey Robust plastic chairs to add some variety to the interior design. These are available in three different colours and five different heights, so they are suitable for all age groups.
Once Alkira ELC opened, it was not long before recommendations from parents led to the centre’s expansion. Jill really wanted the new furniture installed over one weekend to avoid disrupting the children’s routine. STE Products was ready to help.
“Again, they went above and beyond to supply and install the new cots and furniture in a very tight timeframe,” she commented. “We’ve been so happy with their after sales service. If we have any concerns at all, they are quick to replace items, always with a lovely, friendly attitude. It makes me confident about ordering new products and we have added the Birchwood Classic Cubic Storage Set, a Gross Motor Gym and the Change Station with a pull out stair unit.”
“We often receive feedback about Alkira ELC being ‘unlike’ a typical childcare centre. One reason for this is the interior design, which has been carefully chosen to complement the natural, green outdoor environment that surrounds the centre, creating a sense of calm. Funnily enough, even the STE installers said our centre was really different. We call Alkira ELC ‘A Place to Shine’ and STE Products certainly helps us do that!”