The personal touch, every STEP of the way.
Mitchell Street Early Learning Centre in Belmont, Victoria, nurtures children in a home-like environment to give them access to a wide range of learning opportunities. With five rooms and 126 places for children from six weeks to six years old, there was great potential and also a great deal of work required to equip the Centre.
Lucas Collier, the owner, wanted to surround the children with furniture and products that reflected their home life. When he heard about the natural range of chairs and tables from STE Products, Lucas knew immediately that they would fit in with his holistic objectives.
“Dan Kennard, the Director of STE, was really great to deal with and I could tell straight away that they were a service oriented company,” Lucas said. “They are obviously experienced in which resources work best for different age groups, and they worked closely with me to develop and refine the product lists. My decision to appoint STE was based on service, quality and price. They lived up to all my expectations and the personal service and excellent follow up particularly impressed me.”
When Mitchell Street ELC opened in mid-2014, parents and staff were thrilled with the result. “The white and birch child-height tables mix well with some French provincial furniture that we had already sourced, and the rooms have a really homely feel,” Lucas commented. “The oven and fridge in the home corner are very popular, and the natural cots are a winner as they are sturdy and high quality.”
There are three outdoor areas at the Centre and the children particularly like the ‘sand and water’ tables. These versatile FSC certified timber picnic tables have a centre panel that can be removed to reveal a sand pit and water experience. Hours of fun for little hands!
STE Products can custom manufacture furniture to suit any décor and Mitchell Street ELC took advantage of this with custom-made cubby hole lockers for the children.
Lucas would definitely recommend STE Products to other early learning establishments. “They have a wide range of educational and art resources and furniture, and they can source or manufacture special items, which makes anything possible. They are easy to deal with and their excellent service and natural range of products leaves you feeling like you get the personal touch, every STEp of the way.”