A child transitions through many phases of growth throughout their school years. Emotional, cognitive and physical changes all occur regularly, and recent studies have shown that hinderances to a child’s physical growth can directly affect their ability to learn.
There are four key ways that poorly designed school furniture can impact a child’s development:
1. The duration of time spent sitting – With the introduction of technology into classrooms, children are now spending more time sitting than ever before. It is estimated that children are now spending at least 9 hours per day sat down.
2. Poor posture – A child’s spine begins to fuse and form posture patterns at approximately the age of seven. If a child is seated in a hard-backed chair during this phase, they are prone to muscle exertion which can impact the compression of their diaphragm.
If a child spends many hours per day over their school years seated in a hard-backed chair, their spinal shape, voice box and diaphragm will adversely change in reaction to the consistent unnatural seated position.
An excellent way to get around this, while still being cost effective, is to invest in high-end classroom furniture which is both ergonomic and adjustable.
4. Learning abilities – Poor posture not only emphasises stress on a child’s physical development, it also impacts their rate of concentration.
It has been well documented that cognitive ergonomics directly relate to poor school furniture design. This not only impacts a child’s ability to learn, it can create unnecessary stress on teachers and the learning institute.
The best way to encourage a child’s growth from the bottom up is to invest in premium and long-lasting school desks and school furniture, such as the extensive range here at Edu-quip.