An evaluation of the adequacy of pre-school Architecture in Kampala.
Ssentongo, Daniel Kizito
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Early Childhood Development and Education hinges on learning and development through exploratory play. Children learn and develop through experience; through the use of their senses. Architecture- the built environment- influences how children think, feel and behave. Therefore, it has a profound impact on children’s holistic development as it provides a backdrop for their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Little attention is given to the design-which fosters holistic development- of physical learning environments in Pre-schools in Kampala The study examined the adequacy of Pre-school architecture in Uganda by exploring ways in which architecture provided sensorial spaces-stimuli- for children to engage in exploration, play and social interaction; primary means through which they learn and develop; and key ingredients essential to their holistic development. The study used document review, participant observation, semi-structured interviews and photography as data collection methods in three selected schools in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.