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Get Inspired: 12 Ideas for a Nursery Makeover

Make small changes that matter.
October 10, 2017
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Recently, we’ve been seeing a bunch of fabulous examples of nurseries making a great use of their indoor space so we decided to put some of the best ones together. Take a cue from their easy and affordable ideas and transform your setting to be even more kid and Ofsted friendly.

1. A Bright Play Area

The settingParsons Green Nursery

Where – London

Our thoughts – Doesn’t this room just make you wish you were back in nursery yourself? A wonderful use of space, light, soothing colours and teamwork inspiring oval tables create a bright, inviting play area for kids of all ages…

See moreParsons Green Nursery Instagram

2. Puzzle Wall

The settingMonkey Puzzle Eltham

Where – Eltham

Our thoughts – Monkey Puzzle did a great job creatively turning a usual dull element – a wall – into a playful decoration. All with nothing more than a splash of paint. Well done!

See moreMonkey Puzzle Instagram

3. Customised Displays

The settingLittle Pips

Where – Somerset

Our thoughts – We all love the colourful displays of the little ones’ art. But why not step it up a gear and add pictures of the artists at work and their thoughts on their pieces just like Little Pips did?

See moreLittle Pips Instagram

4. DIY Tank

The settingTudor House Day Nursery

Where – Blackburn

Our thoughts – We love how Tudor House nursery brings kids closer to a better Understanding of the World with this adorable DIY tank filled with rubber figurines.

See moreTudor Hourse Day Nursery Instagram

5. Mini Zoo

The settingGreen Grass Nursery

Where – Al Wasel

Our thoughts – Whether it’s a permanent area or just for a themed week, an indoor zoo is always a good idea – it brings children closer to nature and leads to many open-ended activities where kids take the lead.

See moreGreen Grass Nursery Instagram

6. Loose Parts Area

The settingNursery Nook

Where – Blog

Our thoughts – Junk room or the ultimate fun nook? We reckon the latter. Your little ones will appreciate a break from typical toys and entertain themselves for hours with pots, mirrors, egg boxes and other household items.

See moreNursery Nook Instagram

7. Wall of Paint

The settingTremorfa Nursery School

Where – Cardiff

Our thoughts – A large piece of corkboard or wood is a nifty way of protecting the wall from artistic outbursts while allowing the children to expand beyond the usual paper sheets.

See moreTremorfa Nursery Instagram

8. Self Service Tactile Exploration

The settingKingston Nursery

Where – Hull

Our thoughts – Kingston Nursery proves that large mason jars and some basic cooking ingredients are enough for a creative, low-key and fun looking set for tactile exploration and yet another playful corner in your setting.

See moreKingston Nursery Instagram

9. Life Size Toys

The settingBanana MoonNursery

Where – Dubai

Our thoughts – Life size stuffed toys are not only snugly decorations but also huggable companions that can embrace a few of your little listeners when your arms are busy with books.

See moreBanana Moon Nursery Instagram

10. Creation Station

The settingKid Ease Nursery

Where – Swingfield

Our thoughts – Kid Ease Nursery understands the importance of organised space in creativity development. They created this stunning, uncluttered and inviting station where kids can practice their artistry whenever they feel like it.

See moreKide Ease Nursery Instagram

11. Climbing Blocks

The settingGiraffe Childcare

Where – Dublin

Our thoughts – These large blocks are not only great for physical development but also a very simple way of entertaining the little ones – whether they’re crawling or running, climbing is always fun.

12. Balanced Setup

The settingBanana Moon Nursery

Where – Dubai

Our thoughts – We’ve absolutely fallen in love with this white, spacious room full of colourful elements. It shows a great balance between playfulness and aesthetics as well as simply leaving space for a comfortable playtime.

See moreBanana Moon Nursery Instagram

The big ideas

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Official Danish Government Reopening Advice

Guidance from the Danish Health Ministry, translated in full to English.

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UK Nursery Covid-19 Response Group Recommendations

The full recommendations from a working group of over 70 nursery chains in the UK.

Please note: here at Famly we love sharing creative activities for you to try with the children at your setting, but you know them best. Take the time to consider adaptions you might need to make so these activities are accessible and developmentally appropriate for the children you work with. Just as you ordinarily would, conduct risk assessments for your children and your setting before undertaking new activities, and ensure you and your staff are following your own health and safety guidelines.

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