Custom height room dividers from Portable Partitions Australia are being used by the Penrith Early Learning Centre to flexibly split their classrooms into distinct learning areas to accommodate different age groups.

Government regulations specify the educator-to-student ratios required to be maintained by schools. A good ratio leads to an excellent learning environment with educators able to focus on their students’ individual learning needs. This dedicated attention is especially important during a child’s early developmental stages; such learning environments also allow students to be more engaged so that they become confident learners and communicators.

However, regulations governing the right educator-to-student ratio also create a challenge for schools in terms of having to add extra classrooms in an environment where classroom space is slowly becoming a depleting resource. Australia’s education segment faces a serious shortage of classrooms due to overcrowding and a growing population.

The Penrith Early Learning Centre was able to address their classroom shortage and meet regulatory educator-to-student ratios by creating flexible spaces using room dividers from Portable Partitions. The childcare centre needed to create flexible spaces by splitting the classrooms into two or more learning areas to accommodate different sized groups each day.  

The early learning centre sought mobile room dividers of a custom height so that they could monitor all the children from one place; the room dividers also needed to be high enough to prevent kids from reaching and pulling onto each other while in their respective areas.

Instead of investing in expensive new infrastructures, Penrith Early Learning Centre chose mobile room dividers from Portable Partitions, particularly the 360 acoustic room dividers (polycarbonate) in black. Being portable, the room dividers could be configured into different classrooms based on the size of the group for the day. The mobile dividers could also be easily stored away when not required in the classroom.

The learning centre chose polycarbonate panels instead of fabric for the dividers, allowing artwork to be blu-tacked rather than pinned for safety reasons.

The mobile room divider can be positioned in different configurations including zigzag, L-shape, curved, or straight line. The mobile room divider panels are also engineered with fluted polycarbonate panels to offer sound insulation and reduce noise from adjacent areas, and feature patented no-pinch hinges for additional safety in the classroom setup.

Portable Partitions customised the mobile room dividers to 1.3 metres in height, as required by the client.

Image: The custom height of the mobile room dividers was high enough to prevent the kids from pulling and reaching over to each other’s areas.