If you are planning on setting up a day nursery there is a lot to think about; a suitable premises, hiring staff, meeting health and safety requirements, and other requirements, as required by the current Ofsted regulations on childcare providers and premises.
You also need to consider what resources are required to ensure young children develop in an effective learning environment.
From the correct facilities for changing, to playtime resources and storage solutions, we’ve created a guide to help you get started, and ensure your nursery will meet the standards set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.
What resources do you need for children to sit on?
- Cushions or soft furnishings offer a comfy place to play or relax; Horseshoe Cushions are ideal for babies, Floor Cushion Sets are great for older children, and Snake Floor Cushions offer something a bit more fun.
- Mini chairs and nursery stools are useful for any table work, or you could try a combined Table and Stools Set.
- You might also need Cots and High Chairs for younger children to ensure your nursery space is ‘fit for purpose’ (EYFS), whilst an Evacuation Cot is a practical solution to evacuating young children in an emergency.
What are children going to play on?
- Activity rugs or mats like the Multicultural World Rug are great for play on the floor and educational purposes, whilst Dinosaur or Tiger Mats have fun designs.
- Snuggle Seats are ideal for providing relaxing reading environments and group learning areas, whilst a Sofa Set encourages children to sit and learn.
- Playmats are a safe place for children to play on and come in many designs, including Roadways and Farms. These fun designs make them ideal for encouraging imaginative play.
What toys and games do you need?
- Wooden or Musical Rattle Sets are great for stimulating and entertaining young children’s minds, whilst Jigsaw and Learning Games are perfect for little learners.
- Role play is a great way for children to Dress Up, Play Shop or you could help out mum and dad by doing Domestic Play.
- Building will get children playing together; there is a range of LEGO, Sticklebricks and Wooden Construction options to choose from.
Where will you store toys and other resources?
- Wall Mounted Storage Units are ideal for saving space and keeping certain items away from children’s reach.
- For book storage there are lots of options including Low Level Children’s Bookcases, fun Caterpillar Book Storage designs or even a Fish Rack.
Do you need facilities for changing?
- If you will be caring for babies and younger children in your nursery, Ofsted requirements mean you’ll need to think about ‘suitable hygienic changing facilities (EYFS).’
- The GALT Baby Changing Unit is a quality solution guaranteed to last for a number of years.
- Baby Changing Mats are comfortable and a great way to save on space.
- For a truly compact solution, consider a Vertical Changing Unit that can be attached to the wall safely.
What decorative resources do you need?
- A Baby Rail Mirror will help babies to pull themselves up into a standing position and it’s a fun, decorative resource.
- Themed wall displays will light up a day nursery and come in many fun designs including Back to Nature and Under the Sea.
What resources do you need for outdoor play?
- Trikes, Ball Games, Outdoor Chalk and Den Playhouses are great for creating an engaging outdoor learning environment.
- Sandboxes or Sand and Water Trays offer fun activities for children. If water is involved you might want to think about getting Play Aprons too.
- Outdoor Tables and Chairs would also be needed as well as Storage Boxes, or you could choose a Storage Bench.