Our Nursery EnvironmentsWe have chosen toys and equipment for our nursery very carefully in order to create environments that inspire children and feed their imaginations. The environments we have created in the nursery provide the context for your child’s learning and enable our staff to offer children experiences that cover different areas of learning including: personal, social and emotional development; knowledge and understanding of the world; communication, language and literacy; physical development; problem solving, reasoning and numeracy; and creative development.
The emotional environment is created by all the people in our setting, and our staff ensure that it is warm, welcoming and inclusive. We tailor our care to ensure we meet children’s needs appropriately including children who have special needs, a disability or who speak English as an additional language.
The way in which rooms are organised can make a big difference to the extent to which children can initiate their own activities. The environment encourages children to make independent choices.
We structure our nursery environments by organising our rooms into clearly defined areas of provision where children can become deeply engaged in play - either on their own or in small groups.
These areas of provision are developmentally appropriate for the children in that room. These areas may include spaces for sand, water, creative workshop, painting, playdough or clay, large and small construction (blocks), mark making, role play, books, maths, science and nature, music, movement and ICT.
When children are confident in the physical and emotional environment they are willing to try out new things. We aim to create an environment where education will be almost inevitable when children play and have fun.
Outdoor EnvironmentWe believe that outdoor play is very special. At Merchant Square Day Nursery we have a very unique indoor/outdoor area which allows children to have access to the fresh air and experience our climbing equipment which enables them to develop their confidence whilst improving their gross motor skills. Children can also plant and grow in our window beds and look after the herbs and flowers. Addiotionally, children can follow interests in any activities they wish from mark making to role play, imaginative play or just relaxing with a good book. The nursery also ensures that children have daily access to the local area around Paddington as they see the boats moored at the canal and see the wild life as well as visiting local shops and libraries, meeting the people who live and work around us.