Tynecastle Nursery was completed in 2018.
The nursery room is decorated in natural wooden colours for the flooring, tables, chairs and storage units. The decoration takes inspiration from nature, for example a real tree trunk surrounded by shelves gives the impression of a tree. Lots of plants scattered around the room and the tree branches hanging from the walls is a nod to bringing nature into the nursery.
The design of the nursery spaces is centred around the children. This shows 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 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.
There are some lovely features such as two traditional wooden rocking horses, the wooden plaque with a quote and the little pine cones and acorns placed in the shelving unit.
The outdoor space is very important for our learners and the covered area is a wonderful way to be able to do activities outdoors when it’s wet or dry. At Tynecastle nursery the space beneath the canopy has been designed like an outdoor classroom housing the sand and water play units and a workbench.
In the outdoor play area there is a variety of different surfaces and textures such as artificial grass, tarmac and a wavy blue soft surface that looks like water surrounding a large sandpit.