The investment paid off not only because of the happier kids and parents. A friendly, healthy building also turned out to be an asset in search for the employees. As plenty of kindergartens were built in a short period of time, it became hard to find qualified staff.
A healthy, friendly work environment is a good reason to choose one kindergarten over another. Mundane tasks, like putting children on the potty or changing diapers of the babies, are better here: big openings in the sanitary facilities allow for natural ventilation, and daylight turns what normally is a utility area into a dwelling area.
"The children play where the sun is. We observed that when a drawing desk is in a darker corner, it is used much less."
Bettina Uesbeck, manager of the kindergarten