Age Limit and Opening Hours
We accept children from the age of two years and six months. If you are eligible for 2-Help Funding then we would accept your child from two years old.
We open term time from 8.30 am until 1:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You can choose whether your child starts at 8.30 or 9.15 am.
We are also open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 2.45pm. From September 2017, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons only.
For more details on term times and events see our calendar.
Sessions are charged at £4.60 an hour.
Noah’s Ark receives up to 15 hours funding from the local authority for all children the term after they turn 3. We also accept funding for eligible 2 year olds.
FROM SEPTEMBER 2017
Noah’s Ark will receive up to 30 hours funding from the local authority for all eligible children the term after they turn 3 . Both parents/ single parents must work over 16 hours, and earn less that £100,000 a year. Please note we are not open for 30 hours a week, but you can use the funding between 9.15 and 1pm every day, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons until 2.45pm.
Sessions will be charged at £5 an hour for children not in receipt of nursery funding, or using hours in addition to their funded education.
Early Bird sessions are charged at £8.
Lunch club runs everyday 12.00- 1.00 and it is open to everyone.
Please provide a healthy packed lunch and drink. No fizzy drinks please! We are unable to refrigerate lunches so please put in an ice pack to keep it cool.
What to Wear
Children often go home covered in paint, glue, mud, sand or gloop, so it’s best not wear precious clothing to preschool.
Basic items of uniform are available for sale. These items include polo shirts and sweatshirts. We use the garden in all weathers so your child must bring in suitable clothing! Please remember hats, scarves and gloves on cold days; rain coats and wellies on wet days and sun hats on hot days. Parents should send children to preschool in clothes which are easy to manage; loose, elasticated clothes are best.
Commitment to Child Protection
Noah’s Ark is fully committed to the protection and safeguarding of children.
Claire Fry, Manager, is the designated person responsible for child protection and there are policies and procedures in place to ensure children are protected and kept safe
We have a special needs co-ordinator, and are always willing to help and liaise with other professionals involved in the care and development of a child.
We are able to cope with special dietary requirements and allergic conditions. The premises have wheelchair access at the front and to the garden area.
Sickness & Diarrhoea
Children should be kept away from preschool for 48 after the last incident of sickness or diarrhoea.
If a child is taken ill during a session we will contact the parent or carer and make the child as comfortable as possible until the carer arrives. If your child needs to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, a member of staff would accompany them and you will be contacted immediately.
We carry out a fire drill every term. In the event of a fire the building is evacuated and the children are escorted to the Baptist Church in Castle Hill.
If your child has a minor accident all details of the accident will be recorded on a form which you will be asked to sign.
Should your child have received a bump to the head, these are the signs to look for: If your child has a minor head injury:
- give them painkillers, such as paracetamol, if they have a mild headache (always read the manufacturer’s instructions and never give aspirin to children under 16 years of age)
- avoid getting them too excited
- do not have too many visitors
- make sure that they avoid rough play for a few days
Take your child back to the accident and emergency (A&E) department of your local hospital if they:
- are unusually sleepy or you cannot wake them
- have a headache that is getting worse
- are unsteady when they walk
- are repeatedly sick
- have a seizure (fit)
- develop a squint or blurred vision, or they start to see double
- lose consciousness
If your child has received a scrape or a graze, we will clean and cover as necessary, but you should make sure the injury remains free from infection by changing any dressings and keeping it clean.
Parents are most welcome to come in on a regular or irregular basis to help at Noah’s Ark.
We love parents to share their skills with the children, eg artistic skills, sewing, woodwork, cooking or gardening, or just play alongside the children. Parents are also welcome to attend our regular coffee mornings where we consider topics such as early reading, writing, maths and getting ready for school.
We have a parent rep on the management committee who organises regular social events so parents can get to know each other and form friendships.
Nappy Changing and Toilet Training
Children do not have to be toilet trained before starting Noah’s Ark. Parents should provide nappies, wipes and nappy sacks.
There is a changing mat available to change nappies, and we have a nappy changing policy in place.
Noah’s Ark is committed to the care of the children and is fully prepared to support parents with toilet training. We have potties and a toilet training seat available. Please remember to send in plenty of spare clothes.
Please be aware that we do keep a very detailed record of your child’s attendance. It is fine to go on holiday but please email, phone or speak to a member of staff before you go away so that we are aware. Likewise, if your child is sick or absent for any other reason, can you please let us know that morning, by email or phone, so we can record it.
All the attendance records are passed on to your child’s school, and Ofsted are also very interested in attendance rates.
Early Years Pupil Premium
Did you know that Noah’s Ark may be able to claim extra funding to enhance the quality of your child’s early education?
The early years pupil premium has been introduced by the Government and will pay early years providers an additional £300 per financial year for each eligible 3 and 4 year old child that takes up their full 15 hour entitlement. The funding follows the child and goes to all early years providers that are delivering the funded early education entitlement.
A CHILD WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM IF:
Their parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits or credits
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an annual gross income of no more that £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
The child has
- Been Looked After by the local authority for at least one day
- Been Adopted from care
- Left care through Special Guardianship
- Been or is subject to a child arrangement order (formerly known as residence order)
If you are in receipt of one of the above please ask Noah’s Ark for a form to complete.