Childcare Support Center,
Children’s halls, etc.
—Examples of utilization in children’s centers—
One O’clock center
One O’clock center is a children’s facility of the “One O’clock Club” for pre-school children run by the Council of Local Authorities in the UK.At this center in the London borough of Wandsworth, the sensory room was used as a space where children could play freely while stimulating their senses.
Normally, in a place like a children’s center, infants before they start walking and toddlers running around energetically live together, but in this facility, the sensory room is rented out on an hourly basis.
This allows even babies who have just started crawling to engage in curious exploratory activities.
Such an environment also allowed the parents of the infants to watch their babies’ spontaneous behavior with peace of mind, and all the mothers sat down on the soft mat in a relaxed state.
In 2012, there were several “one o’clock centers” in Wandsworth, but by the time of the 2020 survey, all of them had disappeared. This was apparently due to the government’s decision to increase the number of daycare centers rather than one o’clock centers, as more and more parents in the UK are working.
Perhaps this social trend is also related to the fact that Sensory rooms were very much introduced in different children’s facilities in London in 2020.
From Our Activities
Snoezelen Room Experience for Parents and Children
- He was calmer and less irritable than usual.
（Mother of a 1-year-old boy）
- The child enjoyed the light and the feeling, I myself was soothed and relaxed.
（Mother of a 2-year-old girl）
- I want to use it when I’m tired of raising my children.
(Mother of a 2-year-old, 3-month-old boy)
- I experienced it with my siblings, and my 0-year-old was very active.
(Mother of a 10-month-old boy)
- I myself was soothed and relaxed, and so was my child.br> (Mother of a 1 year and 9 month old boy)
- He was relaxed, or maybe he was just more sweet than usual, which was cute.
《We have more permanent space!》
In 2018, this space was set up at the Saitama City Children’s General Center Aiparet, perhaps for the first time in a public childcare support facility, as an environment for parents and children to experience, regardless of disabilities.
As of 2021, this has been an opportunity to expand more and more in childcare support facilities in Japan.