All children, especially babies, respond to different things and learn in different ways. So we created a sensory space – outside of their own group room – where the babies can explore and the children can let their imagination run wild.

The Spinney Sensory Room

Our sensory room also doubles up to be an imaginative playroom for the older children. So one day it’s a space full of lights and sound for the babies, and the next it’s a pirate ship.

Sensory room

The sensory room is somewhere for babies to explore sights, sounds and textures. It can also be a calm and quiet space, perfect for story telling. It’s a great way to get babies to explore a new environment and new things.

The different colour changing lights, mix of textures of the materials and calming music provide a relaxing and fascinating experience for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. There has been a lot of research on the benefits of sensory play with the results showing why it is important for child development  such as:

  1. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  3. This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  5. This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)

Imaginative playroom

The other element of the room is the Imaginative Play, which was created to allow the
children a dedicated place to play away from their rooms and therefore had a
magical feel to it. The purpose of this was to allow children a space to
encourage use of their imaginations as well as an extension to the themes they
were doing.

The theme will change over the year to suit what the children are learning or talking
about through observations so one week it may be Space, the next week the
Jungle!

The aim is to provide a continuous magical experience for all age
groups, supporting the benefits of Imaginative Play.

Fore more information about the benefits of Imaginative Play, see here