The hub of the nursery, reception is located in the very middle of the setting and is the perfect place for welcoming children and visitors. All children are given their own peg and shoe tidy to encourage their independence. There is a space for parents and visitors to wait comfortably and information boards show the latest nursery news. Manned throughout the day Monday – Friday, our friendly staff ensure security is a top priority – monitoring CCTV across all rooms and controlling the entrance of visitors coming in from our main street side entrance through an intercom.
The main room is a multi-purpose space for a range of activities centred on children exploring and role-playing. In one corner you will find dressing up clothes and props to feed children’s imaginations. Elsewhere there are cosy areas for small world play and construction including a big natural wooden block set. A large section of the room is set aside for messy play, with children given access to a plethora of arts, crafts and sensory resources to encourage their creative minds. Dotted around the room, as in all areas of the nursery, are book racks filled with a wide range of fictional classics as well as fun factual books to compliment the resources around them. A centre piece and popular with all the children is our giant dolls house (as big as the children themselves!) to encourage personal, social and emotional development.
Adjacent to the Main Room, accessible through a free flowing rainbow ribbon curtain, the cosy room is a versatile space. It currently holds our role-play area, with a full kitchen packed with miniature pots, pans and food from around the world. There is also a relaxing space with a comfy rug and giant cushions for the children to enjoy with one of the hundreds of books on offer.
On the opposite side of the nursery, there are two more rooms for children to access. In the first half, there are two computers with child friendly mice and keyboards to help develop hand-to-eye coordination as well as exploring the latest ICT resources. There is also a section of the room devoted to maths, science and exploration with weighing scales and magnets to measuring snakes and number boards. Behind this room, there is a separate quiet area where children can have a sleep after lunch if necessary. At other times of the day, both spaces are ideal for running circle times and activities with smaller groups of children.
The Learning Pod
The learning pod is split over two levels, with the top floor accessible either via a winding ramp or the climbing wall where children can develop their core strength. Once inside, there is a large cosy space for children to enjoy role play, listen to or read their favourite stories, or even use the large light panel to explore different shapes and patterns interactively. A hidden blue-tooth speaker allows for music and nursery rhymes to be played, or even different sounds of nature to create a serene space through a specially designed app.
The lower level has a secret tunnel running through it, leading to a sandpit with a desert themed window, catching the sun to create an enchanting hideaway. Also running down from the top level is a slide leading to the spongey astroturf where children can ride balance bikes, build towers with natural wooden blocks or explore the surrounding nature-filled area created by shady acorn trees.
In winter months, the whole pod is lit up with fairy lights, and internal lighting allows the children continuous access to the pod and all it has to offer. On the roof, a multi-colour changing light beams upwards, lighting up the surrounding trees that shade the giant Alice in Wonderland themed activity bench creating a truly magical atmosphere.
Built into the earth, the cave has a large deep sandpit at the entrance for children to sieve, dig and build to their heart’s content. An excellent space for role play as well, there is a cosy hideaway in the cave, over which a grassy mound runs, flanked by wooden supports to create a castle-like structure for children to enjoy.
The winding stream has natural grasses planted throughout, and a small bridge for children to cross. At the head of the area is a big water pump that the children can use to allow the flow of water down through the stony pathway. Behind the stream, a large water wall with a variety of hoses, buckets and funnels allows children to create their own inventions and learn about the flow of water. With the whole area covered by a large natural canvas, there is shade throughout the day to ensure children can use the space safely at all times.
The Construction Hut
Specially designed just for Kidz Kabin, the construction hut is another sheltered area of the outdoor area and is packed with a host of building activities including corkboards & pins, miniature hammers, saws and chisels (under adult supervision of course). Always with safety in mind, children can learn the importance of being safe in a fun way with the station also containing fluorescent jackets, hard hats and warning signs! Also adorned with led lights that children can activate themselves, the station can be used year-round.
The Mud Kitchen & Growing Beds
The giant mud kitchen, as it sounds, is a fantastic messy play area for children to cook up endless numbers of mud pies! Packed with resources including measuring jugs, a natural wooden tea set, spoons, trowels and many more – it is a popular place for children to explore the sensory world of nature. Adjacent to the mud kitchen are three large growing beds where children can learn with the support of the staff, the whole growing process from seed to plate.