Has the nursery layout changed significantly to accommodate the requirements of COVID-19?

Our nursery ethos promotes an uncluttered and stimulating environment. We have always placed very careful consideration to how the resources are laid out and we believe that less is more when setting the room for play. We have large spacious spaces within the nursery; we never have lots of children within the rooms and educators and children show care for the resources. Whilst we do have soft furnishings throughout our nursery, we have removed soft toys, cushions and blankets from being freely accessible, so they are not shared. These resources do remain available for children, but our educators can remove them straight into our laundry after a child has finished with them before they are returned. Relaxation zones are important for children’s wellbeing and we have carefully considered how incorporating more sensory resources in these areas can reduce the need for soft toys and blankets.