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Skyplay North Perth School of Early Learning is a family operated childcare center. The center is one of the few in the country offering learning and development for preschoolers and aims to meet the growing demands for childcare centers in the inner-city areas.

Interior design has already been a part of many, if not all, businesses to attract and provide a unique ambiance to people. Educational institutions are not an exemption to this. Western Australia’s Schools of Early Learning wanted to be unique and offer something different. This challenge sparked collaboration between Matthew Crawford Architects & Tom Godden Architects and the family-owned operator.

18 March, 2019
By Princess In Blog Tags Early Childhood Education, Preschool

Photography: Peter Bennetts

The 16,145 sqft, high-rise building that can accommodate 114 children had been designed innovatively to create a sophisticated space for preschoolers unlike the common early childhood spaces where different colors are used to create a bright and attractive space for kids. Typical bright painted walls are replaced with natural materials that are hard wearing yet beautiful.

Off-form concrete and plywood panels act as a backdrop for the vibrancy that fills the space – laughing children, colorful toys and playful furniture. A double-height ‘studio’ sits at the heart of the building and acts as a home for whole-of-centre performances and gatherings.


The architects’ Skyplay concept is to create a contemporary design and provide a place where children have the best of both worlds, the opportunity to play in the ‘sky’ as well as on ground level. Large glass windows have been strategically used internally to encourage children to interact with, and learn from, other age groups on different levels.

Photography: Peter Bennetts

Photography: Peter Bennetts

Photography: Peter Bennetts

Photography: Peter Bennetts