Rendering offers glimpse of nearly completed Maranatha Gunyah

The custom furnishings were designed by STEP4 in consultation with Maranatha Gunyah's committee chairman Terry Frost and childcare director Dixie Robinson. Photo: Supplied.
The custom furnishings were designed by STEP4 in consultation with Maranatha Gunyah's committee chairman Terry Frost and childcare director Dixie Robinson. Photo: Supplied.

A rendering penned by childcare furniture manufacturer STEP4 offers a glimpse into Wellington's nearly-completed Maranatha Gunyah.

Combining childcare with aged care, it is set to become Australia's first purpose built centre offering intergenerational care and learning.

The custom furnishings were designed by STEP4 in consultation with Maranatha Gunyah's committee chairman Terry Frost and childcare director Dixie Robinson.

They all had a strong vision of the resources and furniture that would work for the children and older residents.

STEP4's client relations and centre support Prue Gardner said a lot of centres have a unique approach but this was a whole new level to include a learning space for adults and children to work together, negotiating play sessions and learning areas simultaneously.

As a former early childhood educator, Mrs Gardner is a big believer in the future of intergenerational learning and described it as being very beneficial.

"It's really great for children to have that connection with older people, to take in that knowledge they have," Ms Gardner said.

"There's something so special about the history they bring to our children's lives."

Mrs Gardner is looking forward to seeing the centre once its completed, with the internal fit-out currently taking shape.

"A lot of time and research has gone into it, so I think it's a really special place," she said.

STEP4 is Australia's family supplier of resources, equipment and furniture to the childcare, early learning and school sectors.

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