QiTE Childcare Centre

The Mareeba Childcare Centre is funded by a not-for-profit organization, QITE, specializing in job placement on the Atherton Tablelands.

QITE saw a need for an additional childcare facility to the area and the benefits it would bring to the local working community, by providing employment during and post construction and greatly needed services.

The facility is a 70 place centre, caring for children from the age of 0 to 5 years. The centre is broken up into 5 groups, allowing for appropriate age group interaction and safe play spaces.

The design has been driven by the connection between external and internal spaces, providing large openings for supervision and cross ventilation. Floating roof lines draw the eye to the central open circulation corridor, protected from the south easterly winds by the building mass. The lightweight structure is simple and elegant, creating rhythms through the building and providing a cost effective building.