Activities & Mealtimes
Activities happening at Noah’s Ark:
Sports Skills – Offering Football sessions
Boogie Bear Music & Drama Classes
Dansez et chantez French Club
Annual outing with parents & staff
Local visits to the park, shops and post office (linked to the EYFS)
Each day breakfast is served on morning arrival between 8:00am–8:45am. Children are offered a mid-morning snack, a hot lunch and afternoon tea. We are a vegetarian nursery and meals are nutritionally balanced and freshly prepared on the premises. Dietary requirements are taken into consideration and staff preparing food are food hygiene trained. Drinking water is always available, fresh fruit and vegetables are served every day and we only offer organic milk. Parents are welcome to see the weekly menus on request by the chef.
Safety, Happiness & Education
Noah’s Ark Day Nursery is registered under The Children Act 1989, 2004 and the Childcare Act 2006. There is no compromise in the health, welfare, safety and security of our children.
With the safety and security of your child in mind, the nursery doors are securely closed at all times. Parent/carers are required to ring the appropriate doorbell and wait for a member of staff to welcome them in.
For reasons of security, your child will not be released to any unauthorized adult without prior consent of the parent/carer.
Equality and Diversity
We promote equality of opportunity anti-discriminatory practice and we ensure that ever child is included and not disadvantaged because of their ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, sexuality, gender and ability.
Arrivals and Departures
Nursery doors open at 8:00am and children will not be permitted in before then.
Parents/carers will also be asked to inform their child’s key person of any relevant daily information.
We ask parents/carers to please be prompt with the collection of their children as late collections may force us to infringe our authorized number of places.
Meals and Refreshments
Children are provided with healthy home cooked vegetarian meals and snacks that are prepared on the premises. All meals are nutritionally balanced and freshly prepared by our nursery cook. We provide breakfast, mid-morning and late afternoon snacks, along with water and organic milk.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We believe in “learning through play” and providing a stimulating learning environment that caters for children’s individual needs. We implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are inspected by Ofsted. We share the principle as stated in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage that every child deserves the best possible start in life and that the support enables them to fulfil their potential.
The EYFS became statutory in September 2008 and then was amended in September 2012, 2014 and 2017. All providers caring for children age five years or under are legally required to meet the principles, the safeguarding and welfare requirements and the learning and development requirements of the EYFS.
Areas of learning
Personal, Emotional and Social Development
This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behavior in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language
Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Development involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and their environment.
Expressive arts and design
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Behavior and Discipline
We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and develop mentally appropriate expectations for their behavior. We aim to work towards an environment in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.