The Quality of Overall Planning and its Influence on Overcrowding in Malaysian Preschools
Keywords:preschool planning; preschool size; preschool overcrowding; children education.
Overcrowding in Malaysian preschools is concerning and can be attributed to inadequate building size and poor planning. Sufficient space for learning activities is crucial for children's development. This study examines and proposes recommendations to improve the overall planning of 26 public Ministry of Education (MOE) preschools in Klang Valley. The Children’s Physical Environment Rating Scale was used to assess planning aspects including building size, indoor activity spaces, classroom enrolment, and modules. Most assessed MOE preschools lacked space and the average quality of overall planning was rated Fair. Recommendations are hoped to promote better planning for public preschools in Malaysia.
Keywords: preschool planning; preschool size; preschool overcrowding; children education.
eISSN 2514-751X © 2021. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by E-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer-review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians/Africans/Arabians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.