Our Guide to Setting Up a Pre-School Classroom

Date: 22/03/2018     Category: School and Nursery Classrooms     Tags: Cost Effective Building, Outdoor Classroom

Is your nursery fit to burst? Demand for pre-school places is growing fast, and pressure for places is set to increase further thanks to the government’s promise of 30 hours of tax free childcare from March 2018. Accommodating all those children and staff in well-designed spaces is quite a task, but if you are looking for solutions to help house pupils, we’re here to help. Whether you are thinking of setting up a new nursery, or looking to expand with a new classroom, here are some pointers for creating great pre-school facilities.

Child-centred design

The great thing about designing a new, purpose-built pre-school classroom is that you can create the very best learning environment using child-centred design. No need to stick with dingy, draughty old buildings – you can start afresh! Child-centred classroom design involves looking at things from a pupil’s point of view – which can be very different from that of an adult. Design considerations may include:

  • pre-school classroom at FawoodFacilities at child height (sinks, WCs, door handles)
  • Buggy-friendly entrances
  • Brightly coloured interiors
  • Natural light
  • Easy access to outdoor play areas

Here’s one example of a truly innovative child-centred nursery design, built for our clients at Fawood Children’s Centre in Stonebridge.

Modular pre-school buildings

If you have an existing building that isn’t big enough or suitable for an extra nursery classroom, a modular building is likely to be the best way for you to expand. Not only do modular classrooms represent high quality and great value for money, they’re also easy to construct in a short space of time. Check out this pre-school classroom built in just 4 weeks for Lyng Primary School in Norfolk.

Maximise the space you have

pre-school classroom inside view

It’s important to make good use of space in your pre-school building. Ideally you’ll want to be able to accommodate as many children as possible into your classroom in order to get the best return on your investment, but you’ll also need to adhere to regulations governing the space required per child. So, great storage solutions and canny, creative, space-saving ideas can really help you to get the most out of the space.

Working with Green Modular, you can be sure you’ll benefit from innovative ideas to use the space you have, such as the ‘secret garden’ we created for children at Fawood Children’s Centre, which filled an awkward area of dead space with a fantastic and exciting play feature.

Practical considerations

Practicalities like price and lead time are important considerations for any nursery. With a deadline that’s less than a year away, the speed of implementation is particularly vital. So it’s good to know that modular nursery buildings are cost-effective and quick to install.

Price wise, they range from around £33,000 for a small building, up to £85,000 for a large KS1 classroom. (You can find out more about Green Modular’s range of different products and prices on our Education product page).
Pre-fabricated off-site, their installation does not involve months of noisy building work; our modular classrooms are typically built and ready to use within 3-6 weeks.

Funding options for your pre-school facilities

pre-school classroom at Lyng Primary School

If your budget is limited, remember that the Department of Education offers funding for early years providers offering education for children under 5. Here at Green Modular we also offer finance options to help you spread the cost of your new nursery building. That’s good to know, especially when you need to construct your classroom sooner rather than later to meet demand.

Find out more about our modular nursery classrooms

If you’d like to know more about what’s involved in building a modular classroom, have a look at our education products to see what might suit you.

And if you’d like to see our constructions in action, check out our videos of recent nursery and pre-school classrooms.

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