At Oakland Hall Nursery we have created a sensory room for the children to enjoy and relax in. It has been created with our under 2s particularly in mind, but all children can benefit from spending time there.
This is a magical place where babies and toddlers alike can enter a little world filled with soothing sounds, moving colours and shapes, light tubes, ball pits, images created by disco balls, and walls covered in adventure where you can touch, feel, and explore a myriad of senses. Our projector plays songs and nursery rhymes, and children can also play with our colour-changing bubble tube.
The sensory room is also a place that offers comfort and on the rare occasion where someone has a sad day or if sometimes, they just need to get away and relax somewhere quiet and peaceful with a book, away from the energy of the main nursery.
The benefits of sensory play are well known. They provide an oasis of relaxation which is vital for children’s emotional health and wellbeing, a place where they can rest and become interested in their environment. Some will simply lie down and enjoy the magic while others will engage in the more interactive areas.
These experiences also provide a range of benefits for children with special needs, encouraging hand and eye coordination, and the development of social and language skills. An overactive child or distressed child can be comforted and calmed; an inactive child become engaged. Sensory rooms are particularly useful for teaching about colours and sounds and can promote interest in the world around them.