Useful Info

Term Dates 2018

Term 1:
Monday 3rd Sept to Friday 19th Oct


Half Term:
Monday 22nd Oct to 29th Oct (inclusive)


Term 2:
Tuesday 30th Oct to Thursday 13th Dec

Term 3:
Starts Monday 7th Jan 2019

Dates for Your Diary:
Christmas Party - Friday 14th December 2018


Activity News

Halloween & Bonfire Night

This term we will be making a large wall display for bonfire night and doing various art activities for Halloween; e.g. making some bats, ghosts and pumpkin pots.


We will also be celebrating Christmas, decorating a tree, making a card, reindeer food etc. and teaching the children some simple Christmas songs for them to sing after the Christmas party to parents.


Ofsted Report

Download the Report

The Ark are extremely proud to have been rated by Ofsted as consistantly 'good'. Read the full report here.


The Ark Team

Our team all work together with the children. But each child is allocated a dedicated key person who is responsible for your child.


Your child's key person will be the person who works with you, the parent, to make sure that the childcare we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your little one first starts preschool their key person will help your child to settle and will continue to help them develop and benefit from the activities on offer.



Teresa Lishman

Teresa has been at The Ark since 2002. Teresa ensures the preschool runs smoothly and manages the team. Teresa is Level 3 qualified. Teresa is also the Special Needs Co-ordinator which enables The Ark to offer places to children with special needs. Teresa is also qualified in Advanced Paediatric First Aid



Sarah Littlechild
Deputy Manager

Sarah has been at The Ark since 2003. Sarah manages the preschool in Teresa's absence and is Level 3 qualified. Sarah is also qualified in Advanced Paediatric First Aid .



Jane Hendy
Preschool Assistant

Jane has been at The Ark since 2014. Jane is Level 3 qualified and has many years experience as a childminder and often volunteers at local baby and toddler groups. Jane is also qualified in Advanced Paediatric First Aid



Stephanie Danbury
Preschool Assistant

Stephanie joined The Ark at the start of 2016 and is currently working towards her Level 2. Stephanie has some fantastic skills gained from previously working with adults who have learning disabilities.


Chloe Sayer (currently on maternity)
Preschool Assistant

Chloe joined The Ark in April 2016. Chloe is Level 3 qualified in early years and already has many years of working in a nursery setting.


Billie Querino-Carey
Preschool Assistant

Billie joined The Ark in 2017. Billie has previously worked with children at The Butler Centre with the holiday club, breakfast and after school team. Billie has been working really hard with her qualifications and we're pleased to report she is now Level 3 qualified.


Katy Purcell
Preschool Assistant (maternity cover)

Katy joined us in 2018 to cover maternity leave while Chloe has time off with her new family. Katy enjoys working with children and has become a very popular member of the team.


Active Learning & Creative Thinking


Taking Turns


Learning with Technology


Outside Kitchen


Growing Strawberries