A moving experience for nursery children

Moving house can be stressful but the Early Years team at West Barns Primary School managed to make it a fun learning experience for their children when the nursery relocated into a new temporary unit.

The move to a temporary unit is part of a wider programme of construction at West Barns Primary to accommodate a growing school roll and the introduction of 1140hours of funded early learning and childcare.

As part of its child-centred approach, the nursery team developed learning opportunities that would help the children develop a sense of belonging and feel secure and included within the move.

Children were involved in every aspect of the move – from planning how the new space would look to creating cranes and their own construction site in the nursery. The build process itself was used to generate discussion and activities.

West Barns Primary School’s Depute Head Teacher Laura Hay said: “In the lead up to the move into our new nursery our Early Years team worked with the children to engage them in the process from start to finish. as a result of careful and responsive planning all of our nursery children have made a smooth transition into the new setting and feel safe, secure, respected and included.”

Visit the online journal created by the West Barns nursery team as a way to share their experiences and document the children’s involvement.