Child Friendly Spaces – Rocking Horse Nursery
One of the advantages of building a brand new nursery is the opportunity to create truly child-centric spaces.
As well as the large playrooms we are proud of our well-stocked library, sensory room and gardens.
The library is well-loved by the children, especially the older ones who have regular visits to be read to by their carers. We strongly believe in nurturing a love of books from a young age which is why the younger children use it. The library is designed to encourage a love of literacy and includes not only traditional books and stories but also audio books, story sacks and dual language books. The books are all arranged and stored at child-friendly height which makes for a fun visit.
We have always had a focus on utilising our outside space. Our secure gardens are a real treat for the children in all rooms. We have created a racetrack for the older children, who also enjoy a huge sandpit and bikes, trikes and scooters.
Each of our gardens features a ‘mud kitchen’ which encourages messy play and role play. Whatever the weather we actively encourage the children to head outside. They even don their wellies and waterproofs and jump in muddy puddles when it is wet.
Each area has a garden for growing plants with the children, these areas include herbs, salads and flowers etc. There are numerous opportunities in all the gardens for the children to not only improve physical skills but also numeracy and literacy development.
Children from all the rooms in the nursery make use of the sensory room regularly. We have created a really fun space including soft play equipment and lots of light-focused equipment which is stimulating in the darkened room.