We provide high quality care and education for children from 2 to 5 years old. We have an envious Ofsted rating and an amazing, experienced and dedicated team to ensure your child is safe, happy and achieves their best. We are based next to the Museum on Church Street in Wantage.
Our team are qualified or working towards their qualifications in childcare and we’re lucky enough to have specialists in paediatric first aid and special needs.
We love active learning and creative thinking. Our setting is vibrant, colourful and we have a wonderful outside space for play and development.
DEDICATED KEY PERSON
Each child will have a key person. They will help your child to settle and will continue to help them develop and benefit from the activities on offer.
RAIN OR SHINE
Inside we have a sensory room, dress up area, crafts and computers, a relaxing hub and a reading corner. Outside we have green space, climbing walls, sandpit, and vegetable garden plus much more!
Meet Our Team
TERESA LISHMANManager & Designated Safeguarding Lead
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 LITTLECHILDDeputy Manager & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
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 HENDYPreschool Assistant and Language Lead
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.
CAROLYN LANDLASSPreschool Assistant
Carolyn joined The Ark in March 2022. Carolyn is Level 2 qualified and has many years experience working in a pre-school environment.
Carolyn is also qualified in Advanced Paediatric First Aid.
MOLLY EDWARDSPreschool Assistant
Molly joined The Ark in March 2022. Molly is Level 2 qualified and did her Year 10 work experience and Year 12 6th Form placement at The Ark before joining the team. Molly is also qualified in Advanced Paediatric First Aid.
JOANNA O'CONNORPreschool Assistant
Joanna joined The Ark in January 2023. Joanna is currently working towards her Level 2 Childcare qualification and has many years experience as a mother of 3 children.
KATY PURCELLPreschool Assistant
Katy rejoined the team in March 2023. Katy original joined in 2018 to cover maternity leave but became a welcomed permanent member of the team until March 2022. Katy is Level 3 qualified and also qualified in Advanced Paediatric First Aid.
CAITLIN HENDRYPreschool Assistant
Caitlin joined The Ark in May 2023. Caitlin is Level 2 qualified and did her Year 12 6th Form placement at The Ark before joining the team.