Nursery: Importance of motor spaces

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The nursery is defined as a place of welcome, but above all of stimulation, of educational awakening in which any child can develop their psychomotor skills. That is why the motor spaces are designed to favor the motor, sensory and physical acquisition of the child.

The motor spaces in nursery: what benefits do they provide?

The installation of different modules offers children a multitude of benefits. First of all, it allows them to explore thanks to the different textures and materials proposed. The motor spaces offer the possibility of feeling your body, playing with your motor advances and transferring your weight from one side of the body to the other, working on your balance and stability on the ground.

Thanks to the sensory stimulations the motor spaces provide a body awareness, of movements to be able to adjust the tonicity to the day to day: and all in a playful way.

*Small information: the foot is a sensory, support and movement organ. Barefoot children can work the Balance and adjust the tonicity of your posture more easily.

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What type of motor spaces are installed in nurseries?

Nurseries are in many cases divided into several sections according to age or psychomotor level. In each section, the installations and motor spaces must allow everyone to find their place: the way of placing the elements must be well thought out. The material must be adapted to the size and capacity of the child, offering security and the possibility of experimenting on their own and thus gain confidence.

engine space

In the smallest until they begin to walk, the motor space must favor the freedom of movement (Installation of a floor mat that allows them to climb or go on all fours and play at the same time with toys that stimulate their senses). For slightly older children who already know how to walk, their angle of view allows for other abilities, both for global motor skills and for fine motor.

Here the motor spaces must privilege the cabins, slide modules, motor tunnels… that allow the child new scans and conquer the evolution levels by running, sliding, hiding.

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child working on balance on a motor course

For the big ones, it’s time for experimentation. Modules or psychomotor circuits are recommended since the child continues to evolve jumping and running in complete safety. The motor spaces installed in the nursery have an important role in the psychomotor development of the childtogether with spaces for symbolic and sensory games, as well as spaces for resting and eating.

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Do you use motor spaces in nurseries, at school or at home? Share with us your ideas, suggestions or questions. We look forward to your feedback!


Thanks for her help in writing this article to the psychomotrician Léa Schneider