Nice well-stocked book corner, with beanbags etc to lounge around on. Those big colourful rugs with towns, road maps on, can be sat on and played on. Area (think they are called Tuff spots) that can get as messy as you like, with clay, mud whatever. Agree attractive area where parents/carers can mingle whilst waiting to pick up, with eye-catching displays and noticeboard.
outdoor access- as in an extended class room that the children can use as and when they want to...
accessible for physically disabled (many places we went to visit were crammed with that much stuff that our dd who used a walking frame wouldn't have been able to use it!!-we did find one in the end
a reception area large(and within view of baby buggies)so younger children do not have to be out of sight whilst collecting pre-school children
If money was no object, then I would say a sensory room, with lights and bubble tubes etc. I think they're wonderful and have worked in nursery before that had one. Absolutely wonderful, especially if the LOs are driving everyone mad!
Child size toilets. Straightforward access from toilet area to main room to the outside.
Good size "quiet" area.
Access to outside most of the time (double doors that can be left open).
Shade outside (awning).
Fenced off outside area.
Decent size, Indoor foyer for parents to wait in.
Adult loo separate from kid loo.
Lots of storage space.
DD went to a purpose built nursery and it was how I describe. I imagine the kitchen and staff loo were a bit small, but otherwise I thought the building was great.
Adult loo had loads of funny postcards on the back of the door
Our DCs went to a lovely 'standalone' pre-school ie not attached to any primary. It is based around 3 areas - garden, pool, and what we call the room, the inside space, and the children are allowed to self select activities and roam where they like - tho the pool sessions are obviously more structured. the idea is that children can explore and discover the 6 areas of the curriculum in an environment that they choose - and the outside space is a much used learning resource and not just a playground for break time.
The pool makes it very special and I assume costly to build, but the children really love it. DD was inside mostly and DS more of an outside child - both came on leaps and bounds during their time there.