Guide to setting up a pre-school classroom

Date: 13/01/2017     Category: School and Nursery Classrooms     Tags: Cost Effective Building, Outdoor Classroom

Is your pre-school 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 free childcare from September 2017. Accommodating all those children and staff in well-designed spaces is quite a task, but if you are looking for solutions to help house your pre-school pupils, we’re here to help. Whether you are thinking of setting up a new pre-school, or looking to expand with a new pre-school 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

pre-school classroom at Lyng Primary SchoolIf you have an existing building that isn’t big enough or suitable for an extra pre-school 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.

You can read more about the benefits of modular pre-school buildings and how modular classrooms can be constructed quickly in a matter of weeks.

Maximise the space you have

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 pre-school 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.

pre-school classroom inside viewWorking 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.

Funding options for your pre-school facilities

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 pre-school building. That’s good to know, especially when you need to construct your pre-school classroom sooner rather than later to meet demand.

Find out more about our modular pre-school 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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