Noah's Ark Christian Preschool

Part of Castle Hill Baptist Church


18th January 2018

Term Dates 2017 - 2018

 SPRING TERM        8th January Term Begins
HALF TERM             19th February – 23rd February
END OF TERM        Wednesday 28th of  March
Staff Training Day -  Thursday 29th March (Noah’s Ark Closed)
SUMMER TERM    16th April Term Begins
HALF TERM              28th May – 1st June
END OF TERM         Tuesday 17th July

Dates for your Diary

5th February – Coffee Morning with Claire – Early Years Reading and Writing

12th – 16th February – OPEN WEEK!

12th March – 23rd March – Key Worker Meetings

27th March – Easter Service  – 9.30 @ Castle Hill Baptist Church

17th July – Leaver’s Service – 9.30 @ Noah’s Ark

Goodbye to Sarah Gilliland

We are very sad to say that Sarah Gilliland is moving on from Noah’s Ark on Friday 26th January.  After working at Noah’s Ark for seven years Sarah will be working full time for People in Action, an organisation that cares for vulnerable adults.  I’m sure you will all join us in wishing Sarah the very best for the future.

Topic next week - Senses

If possible get your child to try a new taste, smell or experience.  Then ask them; ‘What noises did you hear?’, ‘What is it you saw?’, ‘What did it smell like?’, ‘Did you like the taste?’, ‘How did it feel?’.

Snowy Weather

In the event of severe snowy weather please check our website to see if we are open.

The most important thing is that you can get here safely and to make sure you can pick up on time.  If it starts snowing during the day and you feel you need to pick up your child early, then please call in to let us know.

Noah's Ark Facebook page!

In case you didn’t know, Noah’s Ark has a facebook page.  Just  go to ‘’ to find us and ‘like’! It will keep you up to date and include photos from all our weekly topics and any other events that will be happening.  NO photographs of the children will ever be included.

Activities to do @ home

Activities to practice at home include:

  • opening yoghurt pots, packets and any other items your child has in their lunch boxes
  • putting their shoes and socks on and off – this is necessary as the children take off their shoes and socks before going into the sand pit.  Also, when purchasing new shoes please make sure your child is able to put them on without your assistance.
  • as well as coats and jackets to also include cardigans.


Child Protection Training - 29th March 2018

For those of you that work with children or know any childminders, we are hosting a Level 1 Child Protection Training course on Thursday 29th March 2018.  It will run from 9 – 4pm at a cost of £30 per person.  If this will be of any benefit to you please contact our Administrator; Sarah Weston-Walker.

Applying for 30 Hours of Funding?

If your child turns 3 this term and you are eligible to apply for the 30 hours of Government funding for next term, you need to start applying now.  The deadline for applications for the Spring Term is 31st December.

If you think you are entitled for the 30 hours of funding, more information can be found at:

For parents who are currently in receipt of the 30 hours of funding, you too need to re-validate your code via your Gateway account.

For all queries regarding the code contact HMRC on 0300 123 4097.


General Notices

Please remember that we use the garden in all weathers and dress your child accordingly. It’s great to bring wellies to change into for outdoor play but wellies aren’t great for indoor wear.

We have some children with severe nut allergies, please can we remind you not to include any kind of nut, especially peanuts in your child’s packed lunch box.

Unfortunately we do not have the storage facilities for buggies, please can we ask that you do not leave them here.

If you are bringing in treats to share on your children’s birthday. These will be left in a bowl in the hatch for children to take when they leave.

May we remind parents that we do not allow use of mobile phones on the premises, this is common safeguarding practice.

Payments made by cheque to Noah’s Ark should be made payable to ‘Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool’.

Nametags order forms

If you would like to purchase some Nametag stickers, which are not just to be stuck on your child’s clothing but can also be stuck on drink bottles, lunch boxes and shoes, we have plenty of order forms for you to take away.  If you were to include our school reference of 12551,  we get a little commission too.

Attendance Records

Please do not forget that we keep close records of attendance.  This includes late arrivals and departures.  These records will be kept in your child’s learning journal and will be forwarded to their future schools.

Drumming Lessons

If you or your child is interested in learning to play the drums, please contact Charles at Charles Laird Drums on Smith Street on 07966 905140.