Staff, students and the public can now enrol their children at the University’s new nursery.
Whether it is cooking and baking in the toddler-friendly kitchen, going on a magical adventure in a treehouse, or simply just having an afternoon snooze, Arcadia Nursery will provide all this and more for the city’s under-fives.
Designed by award-winning architect Malcolm Fraser and inspired by the concept of ‘free play’, Arcadia Nursery will open in summer 2014.
The nursery for 0-5 year olds will run from 7.30am until 6pm, with places also open to local children, not just of University staff and students.
The purpose-built nursery will mix indoor and outdoor play, with children able to move between the spacious, bright building - complete with spaces for music-making, cookery, and soft play - and the specially landscaped garden.
Building on research on the importance of outdoor play, the playrooms initially lead to a babies’ garden lined with grassy steps and sensory planting, before giving way to mini-allotments and a water play area for older toddlers.
For the more adventurous children an elevated walkway leads to a tree house. All the outdoor areas will be supervised by the fully qualified staff.
Based at the University of Edinburgh’s Kings Buildings, Arcadia brings together the long established teams at Uni-Tots Nursery on George Square and the Day Nursery on Dalkeith Road.
All food served at the nursery will be benchmarked against Children’s Food Trust guidelines and Food for the Brain standards.
Arcadia is for both parents and children. Mums and dads will have their own secure zone on the website, a dedicated Keyworker, and a heated buggy store.
To find out more or to enrol your children in Arcadia, visit the website.
Image courtesy Malcolm Fraser Architects.