Improving acoustics in education and childcare

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— Good acoustics have a positive effect on the educational climate.

Improving acoustics in education and childcare

A good pedagogical climate at school or in childcare is very important for the development of children. Factors such as the correct behavior of sound and good acoustics in the room can improve the learning environment, so that there is more peace in a room. This stimulates the growth process of children in a positive way.

Benefits of the right acoustics in schools and nurseries

Good acoustics in schools and nurseries bring many advantages, such as:

  • Better child development
  • Better school performance
  • Healthier learning environment
  • Better concentration
  • Less fatigue and stress
  • Fewer voice problems among teachers and pedagogical staff
  • Less absenteeism among pedagogical and teaching staff

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Solutions for improved acoustics in childcare and education

When determining the best acoustic solution, we always take a number of important things into account:

1. Which room(s) has (have) acoustic problems?
The areas where acoustic problems most commonly occur in education and childcare are:
- the classroom,
- the canteen or auditorium,
- the gymnasium
- the group rooms at the daycare center or after-school care.

2. What are the causes of the acoustic problems?
At Incatro, we always carry out an acoustics measurement on location before we recommend a solution for your school or daycare. In doing so, we keep in mind that the acoustic implementations must match the interior, create no space restrictions, can take a beating and comply with the hygiene rules within the organization. Incatro's products are also custom-made and can be incorporated in your space in a creative and unique way.

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3. Which laws and regulations with regard to noise and acoustics apply to education and childcare?

In The Netherlands here are no specific laws and regulations regarding the acoustic climate in a daycare center or after-school care. The rules for noise in childcare are about what a daycare means for the environment and what influence the environment has on the people in these locations. Room acoustics are therefore not specifically named within the design rules of this sector. Within the framework of the Dutch Working Conditions legislation, the creation of a pleasant working environment for pedagogical staff and the children does of course apply.


In the Netherlands a special program called “PVE Frisse Scholen” has been drawn up for education. This contains requirements with regard to 5 important themes. With regard to room acoustics, the sound component indicates which reverberation time is acceptable. With an average reverberation time in the furnished classroom of a maximum of 0.8 seconds, the room acoustics in the relevant room are qualified as sufficient. For an excellent qualification, the reverberation time in the equipped classroom should be a maximum of 0.4 seconds.

Gymnasiums and sport halls
In The Netherlands standards have been drawn up for gymnasiums and sports halls by NOC-NSF (ISA-US1-BS1; “Reverberation times and background noise level” of June 2005). In this standard, maximum permitted reverberation times are given, depending on the type of room and the dimensions of the room.

Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg have their own rules.

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The most recommended acoustic products in schools and day care centers are:

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Improving acoustics in childcare and education; our experiences

With more than 25 years of experience, Incatro carried out many acoustic improvement projects in education and childcare. Below you will found a small selection.

Interested in acoustic improvement projects in other sectors? Take a look at our references.

Selection of projects in education and childcare.

Would you like to know how you can improve the acoustics in your room(s)? Then make an appointment for an acoustic measurement.

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