Pre-school play and learning

The Ark Illustration 250x210Pre-school Nursery

The Ark pre school is open 9.30 to 12 each weekday morning and 4 afternoons a week, term time, for children aged 2 to 5. Free weekly sessions for children the term after their 2nd and 3rd birthday (for 2 year olds, conditions apply. Ring us for information)

Children with additional needs are welcomed, whether their needs are physical or learning difficulties; no child has ever been turned away from or asked to leave our Nursery.  We can provide one-to-one support too when necessary, as well as working with the other people who may be involved with your child, such as speech therapists, OTs and medical specialists

 Holiday schemes.

We run play days in the summer holidays for children of primary school age. These usually run for two or three weeks as well as occasional days

Thursday afternoon group

This is a weekly meeting place for families with a child with special needs. If you have a child with special needs you can join the group to meet friends, loan toys and seek advice and support from our Special Needs Co-ordinator (Senco) who  is on hand for advice and support. You can meet your friends and your child can play and socialise

TASK “Talk About Special Kids”

Talk About Special Kids provides fun and learning days for children with additional needs. These usually happen in the holidays and on some Saturdays. We can also offer you support both practical and emotional with all your child’s needs. We also offer occasional residential weekends

(Sessions are subsidised, we ask you for voluntary donations)


We have a small but well equipped “Snoezelen”  sensory room which is popular with all adults and children.  The sensory room has light and sound, fibre optics and bubble tubes. It can be hired out by the hour by families and groups


Ark Angels child sitting service is for parents and carers who feel unable to use an untrained sitter because of the needs of the child. Your Health Visitor can refer you. Priority is given to families who use another Ark service and a low hourly rate is charged