Leith Primary School Nursery

The new nursery and gym hall at Leith Primary School were shortlisted for the Education Buildings Scotland Award 2018 in the Early Learning and Childcare category.

  • an adult area that looks like a living room with a mixture of different armchairs and wooden chairs in a circle, coffee table and a rug in the centre and a lamp in the corner
  • nature inspired decoration, this shelving unit has a tree trunk from the floor to the base of the unit, a branch with fairy lights is hanging on the wall above
  • A giant wooden ruler is on the wall beside a house shaped blackboard for children to write on. a bench is beside a dolls house which is sitting on a circular rug
  • the reading area is cosy and looks like a living room with a sofa, a small rocking chair, cushions and shelving with a rug in the centre.
  • a home corner has a play kitchen and Nature inspired decoration
  • A cosy corner with cuddle sofa, an armchair and a wicker teepee in the corner. wicker basket seats and floor pads are scattered on the floor around a circular rug
  • in the classroom there are water and sand play units, areas are partitioned off using low down shelving units, there is a circular table and chairs and numbers on the wall
  • A house shaped nook with a rocking chair and small table inside enough for two children to sit in
  • outside in the garden are little log seats and a sculpture of a giraffe
  • Dining area with kitchen hatch, sinks and table with benches
  • a giant ruler is on the wall beside a house shaped white board, a wicker seat pad is on a rug on the floor beside the block play storage that is low down for children to access
  • a creative area with two house shaped drawing boards on the wall, an art station and a drying rack
  • a cozy corner with the sofa and teepee, behind is the creative area
  • Home corner with a play kitchen and table with chairs is accessed through a small archway. a construction area with a workbench.

The nursery is decorated in natural wooden colours for the flooring, tables, chairs and storage units. The decoration takes inspiration from nature, such as the tree shaped shelving, plants and real tree branches wrapped in fairy lights.

There is an adult area that looks like a living room, the whole nursery has an emphasis on making looking and feel homely so that the children and adults are relaxed and happy.

The design of the nursery spaces is centred around the children. This show in features such as the floor to ceiling glazing so the children can see outside and the display boards and storage that are low down and easily accessed by the children.

There are some lovely features such as a giant wooden ruler on the wall for children to measure their height and house shaped writable surfaces on the walls. There is a home corner with a play kitchen and table with chairs that can be accessed through a small archway. Also available for the children are sand and water play stations and a construction area with a workbench.

There are a number of wicker teepees for children to sit in on the own and a house shaped nook for two children to sit in together.

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