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CEB publishes Architectural Design Guidelines for Early Childhood Education

4 April 2018

PARIS – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) published its first Architectural Design Guidelines for Early Childhood Education to support construction of new learning environments for children.  

The challenge of modern education is to ensure that the physical space contributes to better student learning outcomes and well-being while also promoting a more efficient use of education resources. The Architectural Design Guidelines for Early Childhood Education are aimed at supporting education officials, architects and engineers involved in the planning, design, construction and evaluation of early childhood education facilities to create a high-quality learning environment.

The principles and examples presented in the Guidelines apply a flexible and open approach to design, support a more efficient use of the space and promote a learning environment that encourages young children’s cognitive, social and physical development while ensuring their health and safety.

These Guidelines were originally designed to support the preparation and implementation of a CEB financed project in one of our member countries and have proved to be a valuable tool for developing local capacity and inspiring new constructions. The document highlights the enhanced technical assistance that the CEB provides to its borrowers.

The CEB is making the Guidelines available to the wider public in order to benefit countries facing similar challenges in the construction or renovation of early education facilities.

You can access a sample of the Guidelines “here”.

A full printed version is available. For all enquiries please contact Yael Duthilleul, Education Technical Advisor: yael.duthilleul[at]coebank.org

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 41 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable, AA+ with Standard & Poor's, outlook positive and AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.

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