St Mary's Nursery Sensory Area

A project by: Gemma Finnegan



from 29 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 25 Mar 2019
We aim to create a mobile sensory area to benefit all children, but especially those with SEN.

UPDATE! Thanks to your generosity we have already overfunded our target so we have now added a stretch target @ £1,198 to help us make a super cosy area for the children. Thanks for all your support so far!

See details below. 


Number of students that will benefit: 40

Age of students: 2.5 - 4 years


About us

St Mary's Nursery is a small pre-school setting which provides a caring atmosphere, where the children can transition from home life into the wider world. Although only a small setting, many of our children have processing issues or additional needs and currently we have nowhere for them to go if they need to regulate their emotions.

We aim to create a sensory area which would provide a safe space for them to chill out - it will have lights, a dark den, sensory toys and cushions and be a place where the children can go to relax, reduce their anxiety and regulate their breathing. 

What do we want?

We want to transform a corner of the nursery into a relaxing sensory/chill out area where the children can go to regulate their emotions or just find some quiet when they are feeling overwhelmed. We want the sensory resources to be portable so the sensory area can also be set up in the nursery garden.

Who is this for?

This is for our whole nursery so every child has the opportunity to regulate their own emotions and manage themselves better, improving their mental health and emotional well-being. This will have a huge impact on the whole setting and the behaviour of all of the children in and out of nursery. 

Why do we want it?

It will give the children a place to go when they feel overwhelmed, which will reduce their anxiety and emotional distress, and ultimately allow them to participate more fully in the nursery's activities. 


We want these items to create our sensory space:

  •  1 x Bubble Tube - Amazon @ £49.99
  •  1 x Mini Dark Den - Hope Education @ £35.99
  •  1 x Dark Den Sensory Kit - Hope Education @ £47.99
  •  1 x Sensory Floor Tiles (6 pack) - Amazon @ £179.99
  •  1 x Relaxation Kit - Hope Education @ £55.33
  •  1 x Talk With Teddies Communication Set - Hope Education @ £51.59
  •  1 x Floor Cushions Sensory Colours 5 Pack - Hope Education @ £62.39

Total = £479.27 (incl VAT & delivery)


We've been so fortunate to raise more than our target already, thanks for all your support!

After consulting with the nursery staff, we’d like to add a stretch target and buy some soft seating and a couple of room dividers so we can create a really cosy area for the children:

1 x Corner snuggle pod @ £179.99

1 x Trudy nursery window panel @ £208.79

1 x Trudy nursery pegboard panel @ £209.99

2 x Trudy nursery double side stand accessory @ £119.98

So our new target is £1,197.75.


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