Nursery and Preschool Classrooms
For over 15 years, we’ve partnered with nurseries to meet their varied needs with sector-specific, bespoke and sustainable timber solutions.
During this time, we’ve learnt that each and every customer is unique, with different demands for their building and individual project pressures. Many nurseries are seeking a price–quality answer to the pressure to increase placements and provision. Our in-house expertise allows us to offer a bespoke, one-off design to all customers, with a service optimised to capture their unique requirements. We create nursery classrooms which are designed to the very last detail of use.
The transition from home to nursery life is crucial – a child’s introduction to the world of education, and the first step on an individual journey to greater independence. There are a wide range of design requirements that need to be considered at the outset; a child’s development at this age calls for something quite different to ‘any old building’.
Designing and building the perfect nursery environment: the considerations
A good starting point is establishing how much space you’ll actually need. Often, this is a balancing act of budgets, facilities required and the day-to-day interaction your pupils will have with the building. The building bulletins offer the following space guidelines of classroom space:
Aged under 2: 3.5m² per pupil
Aged 2: 2.5m² per pupil
Aged 3-5: 2.3m² per pupil
Equally important is the shape and layout of the space; pupils need to be visible to staff members at all times, with no hidden corners. Learning through play is key and, with many nursery classes spanning a number of ages, segmentation of the space is important to allow appropriate play to each individual.
Fixtures and fittings should be carefully selected to be accessible to those who need to use them. Low level sinks may be needed in classrooms, as may mixed gender toilets with space available for help. Another consideration may be cubicles which allow a line of sight to staff from the main space. Similarly, any special educational needs or disabilities should be catered for, making the transition to nursery life a welcoming one for all.
Layout can also be utilised in improving security and safeguarding. A lobby with the relevant security systems ensure staff have the opportunity to manage who enters and leaves the building.
The day-to-day use of a modular building can vary to quite an extent; some nurseries cater for a range of age groups, providing varying levels of service including hot meals or sensory rooms for those with special needs. As such, facilities like kitchens need to be designed so they are accessible to their intended users, yet still allow staff members to have the control and awareness of what happens in the main nursery and preschool space. Features such as servery hatches, door locking systems or kitchenettes in the main space can offer further solutions, such is the customisability of our modular nursery classrooms.
Our experience in creating optimised buildings for nurseries
We’ve provided architecturally-designed, time-friendly solutions tailored to the needs of over 800 clients. This history and experience has afforded us the opportunity to iterate to the most effective solutions for the essential factors of heating, lighting and ventilation.
To engage and stimulate young minds, the interior design needs optimisation. This may mean features such as textured walls, floor-to-ceiling windows - to bring the natural world into the classroom - and colourful walls offering a bright, vibrant space.
As well as providing spacious, exciting nursery classrooms, our buildings are a modular solution that is easy able to sit within - and enhance - surrounding grounds. They provide additional capacity without the costly need to expand existing architecture. Our in-house manufacturing facility allows us to guarantee our clients speed and ease of construction, with minimal on-site disruption. Timber’s natural aesthetic can transform derelict land into dynamic, attractive self-contained space, apt for exploration and learning.
Each and every customer comes to us with their own specific needs and business pressures. We’ve worked with all manner of nursery and preschool clients: private nurseries needing their first small outbuilding in a garden, regional nursery groups extending existing sites, through to schools adding to their provision with specialist facilities for new intakes. Browse through our case studies for a picture of the varying size and scope of projects we’ve worked on.
Stress-free, seamless delivery and project management
The current environment of stretched budgets means a cost effective solution is imperative both in terms of capital expenditure and the ongoing efficiency of the building. Customers are increasing valuing sustainability in all business decisions - an area in which The Stable Company is committed to excellence. We work closely to ensure we balance all factors, exceeding customers’ expectations with bespoke solutions.
As sector-specific experts in nursery and preschool classroom builds, The Stable Company offer a Complete Care service, utilising all their knowledge to take the stress out of the delivery of your project. The Stable Company has partnered with numerous nurseries to provide a turnkey solution to a wide range of needs.
Our Complete Care packages means doing away with the need to liaise with multiple suppliers. From planning permission through to interior fit-out and the eventual handover of the keys, our Complete Care service has been developed and perfected through our many years of experience.
We value being able to offer the client as much or as little involvement in the delivery of their new nursery building as they’d like. This could mean intimate involvement with the whole journey, or just choosing the colour of the walls and floor!
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