The Future of Daycare: Modular Construction

Working in modular construction, we build all kinds of buildings — from corporate office extensions to fully functioning emergency rooms. But among them all, there’s one type of building that’s constantly in demand: daycare centers.

Given the rate at which the respective populations of major cities are growing, childcare facilities are particularly sought out in metro and suburban areas alike. Especially in densely populated areas, space in existing buildings isn’t always immediately available — or affordable. Modular daycare centers offer a convenient alternative that can be built in approximately 3-6 months, providing safe, modern spaces for a market that’s ever-growing. 

Following are a handful of considerations that make modular construction ideal for daycare centers. 

Newborn-friendly facilities

Modular buildings can be customized to serve specific populations — including infants to 5 and 6 years-old. While many existing centers offer daycare and/or preschool to young children, they may not be built to suit newborn care. Modular buildings can be built to spec from day one.

Safety first

Especially with facilities designated to serve infants and toddlers, safety is paramount — and modular construction is in step with the latest requirements. Details such as tempered glass, window locks, free lines of site, and regulatory fire and CO2 detectors all come standard, whereas renovations to older, existing buildings can require extensive (and sometimes expensive) updates to bring them up to code.

Customization is key

Little people call for lots of little details — which means customization is key. With age groups that vary in height as well as motor skills, one set of bathrooms may require higher or lower fixtures and sinks than the next. Modular buildings are 100 percent custom catered, making these design decisions seamless from the start, rather than an expensive afterthought.

Tight timeline

With construction often completed in less than six months, you can open a new daycare facility halfway through the school year, if the demand calls for it. Imagine being able to serve a population that was born yesterday — and welcome them into a facility that’s as young as they are.