A children’s classroom must be place where children can feel alive and encouraged to learn and explore. So some serious thought must be put into it. Here are a few points to consider before designing classrooms for preschoolers.
Children need a lot of space to play. They will be running around most of the time with or without your permission, so giving them enough space will prevent accidents. Sufficient space will also reduce the stress in the class. Kids are restless by nature and forcing them to small spaces for extended periods of time will only intensify this problem. Hence furniture should be suitably arranged.
Perhaps we may not notice it, but the colour on a classroom wall has a significant impact on the child. The association of some emotions with certain colours has been hardwired to our brains. For an instance red will elicit a prompt response from us. That is why we respond immediately to the traffic light or police car or ambulance. But how many of us would like to live in a red coloured room? Not many. It will make us feel agitated and uncomfortable. Conversely, a pale blue or green room might make us feel calm.
A nursery school is a lively place and the classrooms should stimulate creative thinking. Colours like orange, yellow give a warm feeling and violet or purple walls might encourage creative thinking. Of course you must be sure to use an appropriate shade of each colour. White colour gives a heightened sense of space, but it can be boring and also difficult to maintain. Black is usually not suitable for walls, but one black wall might provide a contrasting background to hang all the projects. Interesting textures and colour combinations can make a classroom come alive.
All Abu Dhabi nurseries must consider the children’s safety as their top priority. All plug points must be beyond the children’s reach and those that are accessible to the children must be covered either with tape or furniture or some other suitable material. All electrical wires should be appropriately insulated.
Little kids will put anything in their mouth, so all material that may prove a choking hazard must be removed.
If the children need to use a staircase, a handrail must be installed. A baby gate should be fixed at both ends of the staircase, so that access to the staircase can be granted only under adult supervision.
A well-equipped first-aid box is essential.
All items that a child needs during the day must be easily accessible to the child. This includes paints, chalk, books, toys and the furniture that they use to keep their belongings (e.g. bags, bottles). This will allow the teacher to teach them to clean up at the end of the day and put everything they used back to their original places without her help. It will also save the teacher the trouble of attending to each child every time they need a piece of chalk.
The first-aid box, any sharp items and other chemicals must be well out of children’s reach.
A preschool should be a place a child would love to come to everyday. So having a carefully designed classroom is the first step towards making a child eager to come to school day after day.