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Architecture can inspire young children; the very shape and form of a daycare centre can not only stimulate their imagination but can help children to form strong relationships and help to promote development. This design guide presents all the elements of building design that combine to create the very best environments for young children and the people who work with them, including: building materials; multi functional spaces and design scaled to suit small children. For those involved in capital projects the book provides a practical introduction to acquiring funds for a new integrated centre or early years setting, and also provides a technical guide to integrating features such as rooms with many different areas; access to the outdoors and choice of fixtures and fittings. Complete with a fully illustrated and comprehensive section of case studies, this book showcases the ten most innovative and experimental buildings and spaces of the last 5 years from across the UK, Europe and USA and speculates on future trends in design for children. * Presents technical information alongside inspirational case studies * Reveals the theoretical and historical context behind best practice guidelines * Written by a leading architect and researcher in the early years design field