Recently, we were set the challenge by a new client to create a nursery and playroom and it got us thinking. Instead of just making this a beautiful room for them to play and grow in, why don’t we make sure that these soon-to-be parents are able to give their precious little bundle the best learning experience and opportunities.
All babies are born ready, able and eager to learn! However, their development isn’t an automatic process, so it’s up to us grown-ups to help them to start their own journey. It is vital for us all to remember that all children, even siblings, will grow and develop at their own rate and pace. This obviously makes it tricky for us to know where to start.
In the UK, we have non-statutory guidance material called ETFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). This is aimed mostly at those who work with young children and helps them to monitor and asses their progress. So, what a great place for us parents to look for help and inspiration. This material goes into to an amazing amount of detail and not all of it is applicable to what we are currently working on but if you want to check it out you can find it here.
So, what we did was to take from this document and adapt it to suit the needs of the client and their home environment. We found that designing the playroom to have separate ‘zones’ with age appropriate activities in each was a great place to start. This was the best way to provide these little ones with everything they needed.
The first element of the playroom should include a space for youngsters to read. This zone could house a book stand with a range of exciting and engaging books at a range of different stages to accommodate for your child’s reading level. This space could also be teamed with a comfortable area for them to sit, lay or lounge whilst they enjoy a good read. Make the space exciting and colourful to encourage them to visit that zone often.
Now onto the play zone! The most important thing to start with is a great storage area for all your little ones’ toys. There is nothing worse for us parents than having a messy cluttered play space, so storage is very important. Separate toys into boxes which are clearly labelled to make the process of tidying up that little bit easier. You may also want to include some kind of ‘play station’. This could be a playhouse, toy kitchen or work bench where your little one can have fun and play for hours.
It is also very important to include a small table and chairs in its own little zone. This means you have a great space to be used for snack times, arts and crafts or even just to sit and play. It also offers parents that space to be able to sit down with their children to work or play.
It’s handy to have a separate storage area, stored away from children’s reach where arts and crafts materials can be stored. This helps to keep everything in order and helps make sure you’re fully stocked up on everything you need for your little ones to get creative. Most importantly, it helps prevent little hands getting a hold of things that can cause huge messes when unsupervised.
As we were set the task to create a playroom by our client, we have used this knowledge to our advantage and created a great space perfect for a child that we wanted to share with you. The floor plan shows all the key zones needed for the ideal playroom layout which I have explained and makes the most of the space we were working with. If you want to see the progress of this project, you can follow our social media accounts to see concepts, mood boards and much more over the next few weeks.
Thank you for reading and I hope this blog has made you as excited for this new project as we are!