St Pauls Nursery and Children’s Centre

You need to know how much all the hard work has been appreciated here!

Jenny Bodnarchuk Family Support & Outreach Worker

A large sand pit was built amongst some shrubs and surrounded by a chunky log edging and tall poles with cables for hanging ropes and sheets.

Outdoor Classroom - outdoor cooking - field kitchen

Plenty of storage was requested so we installed a large cupboard and the main work space has tables and seating for group work and eating morning snacks and lunches.

Outdoor Classroom - outdoor cooking - field kitchen

At the heart of the garden is an outdoor kitchen with a raised open fireplace designed especially for the space, it has a retractable cooking plate and a chimney to remove wood smoke.

Outdoor Cooking - Fire pit - cooking with children

The joy of cooking on an open fire and sharing food is such a simple pleasure and the kitchen has a working sink and worktop space at child height and adult height for all ages to work together.

Outdoor Classroom - outdoor cooking - field kitchen
early years table & chairs - rustic log seats - outdoor table - natural play

In the central space are subterranean dens perfect for role play and open out onto a wide stone dust space in the sunshine of the central area.

water rills in Nursery School

The structure is built from round poles to give  rustic woodland feel and the roof has a green roof with a mix of sedums, grasses and shrubs to increase biodiviersty in the garden.

Outdoor Classroom - outdoor cooking - field kitchen
Shade - sun shades - sun protection

Children can access the water play system from both sides and the meandering design allows for children to control the water flow through hollowed logs and into the concrete table.

Stone Water play - natural water play - water rills - playing with water - Gaudiesque - early years water tables

Amongst the larger trees on site is a new double Tree House surrounded by some existing play equipment.

The Tree houses are set on a high platform to get a feel of being very high amongst the branches and are linked by a bridge and made from round poles for the construction to blend with the existing trunks.

Natural play - playground climbing - St Paul's Children's Centre Tree House - Role Play