“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
It is common knowledge that the early years of childhood are the most formative. At CID we believe that each and every child should benefit from learning and being cared for in an environment that is stimulating, hygienic and above all, safe.
Our Design Team use their considerable experience to create Nurseries that inspire young children and include all the equipment and facilities needed by the staff. We regularly consult with a team of specialists including teachers, parents, child minders and nursery nurses and use the information gathered in our designs and layouts. We also have a number of 3 to 5 year old “contacts” who keep us up to date with the latest “must haves” for this age group!
Of course, each and every Nursery is different and we work with you to create an environment that is unique to you and tailored to meet your budget. Whether you are setting up a nursery school or refurbishing an existing one we can assist you with the following:
“London Bridge Is Falling Down”
It is always important to make a good first impression which will attract parents to your Nursery. CID can transform the front entrance to your building. We provide entrance doors and shop fronts, ramps, railing, steps and even flag poles to ensure that the entrance to your building is safe as well as attractive. Everyone knows someone who has had to drag a reluctant, tearful toddler into Nursery or Infant School and the experience can be just as upsetting for the parent as it is for the child. At CID we aim to design entrances that are as welcoming for young children as they can be. We incorporate bright colours and child-friendly decals and signage which will hopefully make your child’s first day at Nursery an exciting experience.
Once you step in through the front door our Reception areas are designed to attract adults and children alike. Floor-coverings are colourful yet practical and hard-wearing, décor can be themed or just use bright colours and we can provide coat hooks and storage areas.
“Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey”
If you are leaving your precious child at nursery all day you will want the peace of mind of knowing that they are well fed and hydrated and that their food is prepared in hygienic conditions.
The Food Safety Act 1990 applies to all businesses where food is “stored, prepared, served or sold”. Food-poisoning can have serious or possibly fatal effects in young children. At CID we can assist with designing a kitchen which is suitable for the size of the nursery and takes into account all the requirements of the Food Safety Act. This will include all mechanical and electrical works, number and positioning of sinks, non-slip flooring, easy to clean surfaces and suitable equipment.
Looking after small children all day, though rewarding, can be extremely tiring. At CID we are also able to design and install Staff Rest Rooms or Break Out areas with kitchen facilities and comfortable seating, for that well-earned coffee break.
“Rock-a-bye Baby, on the Treetop”
For the under-fives a quiet time or nap is an essential part of the day. At CID we incorporate quiet areas for older children into our soft play areas including mats, bean bags or bedding. For babies we will create a cot area and feeding area, away from the noisy rough and tumble of the play areas.
“Mary, Mary Quite Contrary,
How Does Your Garden Grow?”
Children love nothing better than to run around outside. Exercise and fresh air are without doubt beneficial to the health and well-being of our children.
At CID we can not only design the interior of your building but also the exterior space. Our range of products includes safety fencing and gates, soft, safe surfaces and a full range of playground equipment.
For aspiring young gardeners we can create raised beds so that they can learn about nature and how to grow healthy food. We also incorporate water features (always bearing in mind that safety is paramount) and wild garden areas where they can observe birds and bugs.
We can also provide a range of play equipment from swings, slides and climbing frames to water and sand pits, designed to suit the age range of the children.
If space is available we may be able to incorporate a covered outdoor play area so that children can reap the benefits of fresh air even when it’s raining.
If your Nursery has a theme, we can design the play equipment to suit, whether it be pirates, Disney characters or the woodland.
“This is the way we wash our hands”
CID have refurbished numerous toilet facilities for Nurseries and Primary Schools. Our sanitary-ware is designed to be age-appropriate and we have a range of children’s cubicles in bright colours or with colourful designs from which to choose. Combined with vibrant, non-slip flooring, bright lighting and complementary wall finishes such as duct panelling, tiling and painting we can create toilets for young children which are hygienic and user-friendly.
“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”
At CID we fully understand that most early years learning is through play. Our Nursery projects therefore incorporate imaginative and stimulating interior play areas. We take into account the need for practical floor-coverings where messy play is carried out, always bearing in mind the need for non-slip surfaces. Other areas may have soft flooring where children are seated for story time or using the dressing up box. Lighting is an important part of any project – our schemes are energy efficient and can be dimmable for nap time. Décor is where our Design Team unleash their inner child to come up with vibrant colour schemes, themes including jungle, farmyard, seaside or woodland and decals ranging from Winnie the Pooh to Frozen!
Furniture is selected to match the overall theme and includes the following:
Tables and chairs
Sand and water trays
Soft seating and bean bags
Cots and highchairs
Display boards and easels
To finish off your Nursery we supply an exciting range of toys, educational aids and play equipment.
To aid the children’s development this includes:
Role play and dressing up clothes
Jigsaws and books
Art & craft activities