Setting the Scene

St Catherine’s is a vibrant catholic primary school in Swindon. We were contacted by the Nursery Manager, Jo Bailey to help re-design the Nursery and Key Stage One areas to meet the school's growing needs.

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Customer Objectives

The aim was to turn the existing Key Stage One area into the new Nursery Area and turn the existing Nursery Area into a new and extended Key Stage One area. The aim was for both areas to provide a secure but exciting space for the children to play, protected from the elements and allow free flowing inside/outside play in both spaces.

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Our Solution

The new Nursery area was to be positioned at the front of the school so needed to provide a wow factor for children and parents. We replaced and extended the existing canopies with a waterproof Timber Canopy that provided shelter for the entire Nursery area, facilitating inside/outside play. We also installed new 1.8m high timber Play Fencing for security and safeguarding. The existing surface was a variety of tarmac and block paving. We replaced this with patterned Play Grass all weather surfacing to create a vibrant play space, we also installed Den Making Posts from which the Nursery team could hang sheets, ropes or flags to create different settings.

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In the new Key Stage One area we extended into the adjacent field and installed a timber canopy to cover the area enabling inside/outside play. As with the Nursery area we installed a timber Play Fence to secure the space. We laid coloured Play Grass with Just Like Grass surfacing and incorporated a Mound into the surface to add an additional play/seating feature. We also installed a Mud Kitchen to develop a space for messy, imaginative, and creative play.

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Originally published Oct 26, 2021 4:10:52 PM , updated January 30, 2024