Noah’s Ark Pre School
Noah's Ark Pre School

Noah’s Ark Pre-School aims to provide high quality early education and childcare for the community in a safe stimulating and caring Christian environment.

What we offer:

  • Christian based ethics and principles
  • A Christian perspective which is based on our belief that each child is uniquely created and valued by God
  • A warm, welcoming, secure and inclusive environment, that helps meet the needs of the local community
  • A safe and stimulating environment based on the principles and guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Opportunities for children to be motivated to learn through play, enabling them to develop confidence, gain new skills and become inquisitive, independent learners
  • Individual care and attention made possible by our Key Person system, supporting each child to reach their full potential
  • Opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and to build positive relationships with their peers and members of staff
  • A well resourced learning environment
  • A highly qualified and committed team
  • A partnership with parents

The Pre-School is registered with Ofsted and is regularly inspected on its standards of care and education. Our last inspection took place in November 2014 and we received a ‘Good’ outcome.

Facilities

We operate from two rooms, our Butterfly Room is on the ground floor and our Caterpillar Room for younger children, is situated on the first floor. Access to both rooms is made by entering the main entrance of Life Church and an intercom system allows entry into our secure area. CCTV cameras are fitted in various locations, both in and outside the building. Across the car park we have an outdoor area, which has a climbing frame, gardening area, a large patio and grassed area. We also have use of the Hall for large group activities, such as Music and Movement Sessions and P.E. lessons.

The Caterpillar Room is also used by children who stay for Lunch Club.

Exits to rooms are secured, when children are present. Staff are aware of other users in the building and when moving through communal areas, ensure children are adequately supervised and kept safe at all times.

Our Caterpillar Room is for our younger children and includes a large messy area, book corner/cosy spaces, as well as a domestic role play area and areas for construction, small world play, ICT and mark-making.

Our Butterfly Room is divided into different areas, including a book corner, construction, small world, life experience, graphics, maths, music, discovery and ICT areas. We also have a creative area for activities such as painting, gluing and sensory play.

A Typical Session

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) states that children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

We aim to offer a balance between adult-led and child-initiated play based activities. Children are encouraged to self-access resources, and open-ended resources are provided to allow them to explore, investigate and initiate their own learning. The activities planned in the outdoor area extend and enhance the learning that takes place in the Caterpillar and Butterfly Rooms.

The session has a flexible start, to allow time for parents to speak to staff and settle their children at an activity. Children in the Butterfly Room then have a short ‘Hello Time,’ where they are welcomed, given the opportunity to share news, choose activities from our ‘Choice Tree’ and informed of any special activities/experiences that will be happening that day. All children then have the opportunity to participate in both child initiated and adult led activities during a time of free play. A wide range of stimulating activities and experiences are carefully planned to support the children’s age and stage of development and the interests of individual or small groups of children. We operate a snack bar system for a short time where children are able to sit and enjoy a healthy snack with their friends. Children also have access on a daily basis to the outdoor area. Every session ends with Key Group Time, where children can enjoy a story, songs, music, listening and attention activities, or ‘Letter and Sounds,’ activities. These activities are specifically planned to support the group’s individual needs and stage of development.

As a Christian based Pre-School we actively include Bible stories, Christian songs and prayers as part of our curriculum.

Staff

Our staff team are committed to caring for and providing an environment in which your child can flourish. All our staff hold relevant childcare qualifications and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. We encourage all staff to engage in continuous professional development opportunities. There is always someone trained in first aid on the premises.

All staff have an enhanced criminal records check, through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). There are always 2 adults present when children are on the premises.

The ratio of staff ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child. Our ratio is 1 adult to 8 children for 3-4 year olds, and 1 adult to 4 children, for under 3’s.

Pre-School Opening Times:

Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm, during term time.

Pre-School Fees and Sessions

Main session times: 9:00am -12:00pm and 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

We also offer sessional, extended care with lunch club and full day care for children from 2-5 years old. Please see tables below for options available and cost.

There is a registration fee of £20 for new children (this fee is not applicable to children only using their free funding entitlement).

Am Cost PM Cost Full day Cost
9:00-12:00 £14.55 12:30-3:30 £14.55 9:00-3:30 £31.55
9:00-12:30 £17.00 12:30-4:00 £17.00 9:00-4:00 £33.95
8:30-12:00 £17.00 12:00-3:30 £17.00 8:30-3:30 £33.95
8:30-12:30 £19.40 12:00-4:00 £19.40 8:30-4:00 £36.40

Fees for children aged 2 until they are entitled to Nursery Education Funding. (The term after they turn 3.)

Session fee: £15.45 (9am-12pm, or 12:30pm-3:30pm)

Hourly rate for additional hours: £5.15

Rate for additional half hours: £2.60

Am Cost PM Cost Full day Cost
9:00-12:00 £15.45 12:30-3:30 £15.45 9:00-3:30 £33.50
9:00-12:30 £18.05 12:30-4:00 £18.05 9:00-4:00 £36.05
8:30-12:00 £18.05 12:00-3:30 £18.05 8:30-3:30 £36.05
8:30-12:30 £20.60 12:00-4:00 £20.60 8:30-4:00 £38.65

Free Funded Sessions

Nursery Education Funding is available to all children the term after their 3rd birthday; entitling them to receive 15 hours free care per week.

We are also able to offer 2Help Funding for 2 year olds, whose parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, provided you are not receiving Working Tax Credit and have an annual household income of no more than £16,190
  • Universal Credit

Or

  • The child is being looked after by the Local Authority
  • The child has left care through special guardianship, or an adoption residency order
  • The child has a current statement of Special Educational Need, or and Education, Health and Care Plan
  • The child qualifies for Disability Living Allowance

This funding entitles children to receive 15 hours free care per week.

For more information about the Pre-School; to receive a copy of our prospectus, or arrange a visit please contact Clare Spratt, Pre-School Manager on 76494322 or cspratt@lifechurch.eu