About The Ark Private Day Nursery
Our philosophy is happy and healthy children. We want children to have a fulfilled and adventurous day at The Ark, whether it’s their first small steps as a toddler or as they practice their football skills in the garden after a day in the classroom.
At The Ark every child will be treated as an individual, encouraged and guided to develop in a safe, caring and stimulating environment. We want children to have fun and learn, with staff who are motivated and dedicated to caring for them and parents who are confident that their children are in good hands and having a great day.
Healthy Happy Children
Healthy children need the right levels of exercise and nutrition. At The Ark all our meals will be freshly prepared on site by our cook, using locally sourced ingredients where possible.
We encourage children to try foods from around the world and these are incorporated into our menu at all times. Our menus change seasonally so we can make the most of fresh local produce.
Our menus change with each season and are planned on a four week rotation. We will always strive to meet any dietary requirements and staff have completed allergy training. Our meat and chicken produce is supplied by Hoys Butchers.
We offer five meals per day, which are breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack and a light evening tea. You can rest assured that your child will be well fed at The Ark.
Fresh drinking water is available at all times in each room.
At The Ark the security and well-being of your children are our number one priority.
We have a number of security measures in place, including a buzzer entry system and CCTV in our play rooms.
All our staff go through a rigorous vetting process which consists of an enhanced access NI check, medical check, satisfactory references and a social services check.
All staff receive a thorough induction prior to commencing work.
We follow the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education in Northern Ireland, and Early Years Foundation Stage. These cover 6 areas of learning:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development and Movement
• The Arts
• Language Development
• Early Mathematical Experiences
• The World Around Us
Although these are specifically geared towards pre-school, we apply these across the nursery to all our planning and activities. We have also researched other curriculum models and applied best practice to our setting.
Our staff have specific training in relation to the age groups and needs of the children they care for, for example our staff in the baby rooms have a working knowledge of Makaton, an effective language learning programme that offers a structured multi-modal approach to teaching communication, language and literacy skills through the use of vocabulary and gestures.
Throughout the year we introduce a range of themes for each room. These include:
Under The Sea
People Who Help Us
All About Me
Every day there are a wide range of activities taking place within each room. These include:
Sand and water play
Small world play
Arts and crafts
Outdoor games… the list goes on!