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creative and art area

The art/creative area

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” – Loris Malaguzzi

Art and creativity play an important role in childhood, building perseverance, confidence, understanding and imagination. Your art/creative area can naturally fulfil many of the EYFS learning and development requirements. Here's how.

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Norland College front gate

Take a peek into Norland College's nursery training space

Norland College is renowned worldwide for its excellence in educating early years practitioners. Training at Norland is focused on the founding principles of Froebel, the German educationalist best known as the originator of the first kindergarten, and is adapted to be relevant to the needs of young children and their families. In 2017 the college fitted out their new nursery training area with Community Playthings furniture and toys. Watch this to find out why.

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sharing books in the book corner

The book corner

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” –  Dr Seuss

 

Books have a tremendous influence on many areas of learning. They can introduce themes of friendship, diversity, and overcoming challenge, thus helping to develop character. They can expand children’s knowledge of the world, other people, cultures and traditions, or they can introduce imaginary themes. Here's how the book corner can fulfil many of the EYFS learning and development requirements.

 

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carry crate

What's new this January

"So it does!" said Pooh. "It goes in!"

"So it does!" said Piglet. "And it comes out!"

"Doesn't it?" said Eeyore. "It goes in and out like anything."

"I'm very glad," said Pooh happily, "that I thought of giving you a Useful Pot to put things in."

      A. A. Milne

 

Community Playthings design team always has its eye out for the unspoken needs of our customers. Some of their best designs have come out of field-observations where a practitioner did not know exactly what they wanted, but knew they needed something to fill a particular need. This time, we wanted something for storage, something robust, something beautiful, and something children could use “all by myself!”

View our new Carry crate in 4 different sizes. We think you will love them as much as we do.

Child at play in Arcadia Nursery at Edinburgh University

Look inside Edinburgh University Nursery

"Parents and visitors all comment on how calm the nursery is."
    
- Rhona Connell, Head of Arcadia Nursery

 They talk about the "wow factor" and here it is. Imagine an architect who listens carefully to the needs of children and staff, and then designs a nursery around the furniture. Take a look at this gorgeous new nursery where the environment is true harmony of natural light and colour.

Visit the case study here.

P.S. Arcadia Nursery of Edinburgh University is featured in our 2016 catalogue. If you haven't received your free copy, just fill out our request form and we'll post one to you.

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