Unity Academy have opened a revamped state- of- the- art multi-sensory room, which features blank walls to allow children’s senses to run wild with the sounds of the jungle and the ocean surrounding them.
As children sit down to hear about The Gruffalo, images of the woods can be projected around them with wireless speakers launching sounds of breaking twigs and hooting owls into the room.
An open day saw expectant parents view the new setting, including its new wet room. This was complete with blue jets of water and a host of funnels and spouts, designed to help the children have fun whilst learning about the world around them.
The multi-sensory setting has been designed to help children prepare for school, boasting a nurture room for babies which includes soft ramps, tunnels, parapets and mirrors.
Manager at the nursery, Jenny Burgeen, has said of the new facilities:
“Transitions are the biggest stages in a child’s life. You can stop them (children) developmentally when their well-being drops.
“If you have a positive transition it’s important for their well-being and if children are happy and comfortable, they will learn quicker and settle in quicker.”
Unity’s principal, Chris Lickiss, said the primary and secondary school departments could learn from the nursery, which was rated outstanding by Ofsted last year.
He went on to say: “It’s not a nursery stuck on a primary school, it’s completely integrated.”