Playing and Learning

Key Workers

Your child will have their own key worker. This key worker is responsible for keeping your child’s individual learning records and making sure that their needs and interests are represented in our planning.

We actively encourage parents to contribute to their child’s learning records. You may view your child’s learning records at anytime, and take them home to share with family and friends. There will also be an opportunity, once a term, to book a 10 minute appointment, during normal session time, to chat about your child’s progress.

Time to Talk Programme

As part of a  government initiative we regularly look at the children’s language skills and provide support as needed.

Naomi is our language specialist (having worked as a speech therapist) and is responsible for screening all the children at Noah’s Ark and coordinating any additional help needed.


Noah’s Ark are committed to including all children. We use visual symbols and Makaton with all the children. We have an experienced staff and have cared for children with a wide variety of needs.

Daily Routines

9.15am: The day begins…

9.30am: The children are gathered together on the carpet and the day’s activities explained.

The children take part in ‘Wake Up Noah’s Ark!’ This is a physio designed exercise programme to improve core strength, dexterity and balance.

We then break into small groups for our daily group time activities. These activities focus specifically on developing speaking and listening skills, including rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, blending and segmenting of words.

9.45am-onwards: The children are free to choose their own play activities, both indoors and outdoors. They can take part in a number of adult directed play activities such as cooking, craft or board games.

10am- Snack time begins. Children snack in their key groups with their own key worker spending time chatting, getting to know each other, and reinforcing basic skills. Groups are staggered over a period of time.

11.45pm- Children are gathered together for a joint activity, e.g. story time, singing with the piano or dancing.

12-1pm- Lunch hour for those children who choose to stay.
1pm- Session ends

1-2.45pm- Children who stay for the afternoon enjoy more activities and play.

Preschool Curriculum

During each session children are involved in a number of activities designed to form a solid foundation for the later stages of education.

The three prime areas are fundamental, work together, and support development in all other areas:

  1. Personal, social and emotional development. Helping children to develop confidence and independence, while learning to concentrate and to enjoy sharing as part of a group. Helping children to build a strong self image and self esteem and develop respect for others.
  2. Physical development. Improving control and co-ordination of our bodies while learning to move and handle equipment. Developing fine motor skills needed for jigsaw and construction toys as well as large body movements involved in play with hoops and balls.
  3. Communication and language. Developing children’s skills in listening and attention, understanding and speaking.

We cover all areas of the curriculum set out for the Early Years Foundation Stage, laid down by the department for Children, Schools and Families.

The four specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society:

  1. Literacy: Giving children opportunity to develop basic skills needed for reading; exploring rhythm and rhyme, books and stories, print in the environment, oral blending and segmenting of words, alliteration and letter sounds. Giving children opportunity to explore and understand that marks can carry meaning. If children are ready supporting them to begin to link some sounds to letters in their own writing.
  2. Mathematics:Developing and using ideas about number, quantity, measurement, space and shape, and the understanding of mathematical theory through exploration and experiment.
  3. Understanding the world: Investigating and learning about the things, places and people and simple technology around us. Learning to appreciate and care for people, animals and the environment.
  4. Expressive Arts and Design: This includes art (using colour, shape, and texture), music, dance, role play, and imaginative play.

You can find lots more useful information here