Access to quality early childhood education as well as building and upgrading education facilities as part of social resilience and effective learning environments have been envisaged as Goal Four in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by United Nations. An increasing number of studies reveal that preschool built environment quality plays an equally significant role in children’s development and learning. To improve the built environment quality of preschools, it is crucial to identify issues encountered in the existing preschool built environment. Eleven preschools in Penang, Malaysia were selected as case studies to explore the quality of preschool built environment from the perspectives of preschool providers. A total of 11 preschool principals participated in a semi-structured interview. Content analysis resulted in the generation of five themes; i) space availability, ii) premise dilemma, iii) significance of outdoor environment, iv) budget determining the availability of quality spaces and iv) parental demands and expectations. Findings revealed that participants concurred with the built environment playing a significant role in the overall quality of preschool. Existing built environment factors such as windows, doors and availability of outdoor spaces also affected the decision on classroom arrangements and activities carried out. The resulting discussion of this paper hopes to provide constructive suggestions for designers and stakeholders in their bid to enhance the preschool built environment as part of efforts to enhance the quality of early childhood education as a whole. This would be a first step to ensure a better built environment for the wellbeing of young children.
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Aziz, N. F., Bahauddin, A., & Lim*, P. P. L. (2020). Preschool Provider’s Notion Of Quality Preschool Built Environment In Malaysia. In P. A. J. Wahid, P. I. D. A. Aziz Abdul Samad, P. D. S. Sheikh Ahmad, & A. P. D. P. Pujinda (Eds.), Carving The Future Built Environment: Environmental, Economic And Social Resilience, vol 2. European Proceedings of Multidisciplinary Sciences (pp. 351-361). Future Academy. https://doi.org/10.15405/epms.2019.12.34