Creating great spaces for children to learn is important, we all know that. It’s especially important in those vital early years’ stages. Modular classrooms are becoming increasingly popular as a cost-effective and design-friendly way to put in place flexible learning environments.
But what factors need to be considered when designing and installing a new nursery building?
Here we take a closer look:
Why Install a Modular Classroom?
Modular classrooms are specially designed installations that are basically constructed in a factory setting and then installed on site. The building is split into sections that can then be fitted together on site.
Compared to a traditional extension or refurbishment, they are a cost-effective and sustainable way to create a new space. Nursery owners can also have much more influence in the design of the new facility, creating something they want to see from scratch rather than being constrained by existing architecture as with a refurbishment.
The Size and Design of Your Nursery Building
The first thing you will need to consider is the amount of space your building will need. Factors that play a big part here are the amount of budget you have, the location of the installation, what you are going to use the facilities for and how many children will be using the new nursery building as well as what their ages are.
Layout is vital when it comes to considerations such as safeguarding and security. Most nursery facilities need to have some form of secure entry system, for instance, so that people can’t just come and go without being checked.
- You might want to make sure that the space is open so that children are visible at all times and there are no hidden nooks or crannies.
- If you are hoping to entertain children of different ages, you might also want to design the facility so that it has different, easily identified sections.
- If you are planning to offer hot meals for the children, you’ll also need to find some way of introducing a kitchen area. While this needs to be accessible, there are also safety issues, so you need to consider such as how access is going to be controlled.
When it comes to the interior design, a lot is going to depend on the age range of children that will be using the nursery. You might want, for example, textured walls to provide a tactile experience for much younger children. You may want large window spaces that give plenty of natural light.
Creating a space that is ideal for teaching and learning requires a great deal of thought. That’s why working closely with a modular classroom builder that has experience of nurseries is vital.
Another important factor that you might like to consider is sustainability. This has become increasingly important for businesses of all types over the last decade. When it comes to modular classrooms, the bespoke design means eco-friendly materials can be used and energy efficiency improved to deliver a lower cost to the environment.
Choosing the Right Modular Classroom Builder
There’s no doubt that creating a new nursery building takes a lot of planning, time and effort. Today’s modular buildings are highly adaptable, can be installed quickly and are just as durable as any modern building. It’s important to choose a partner that is able to work with your business and tailor their approach to your exact needs.