We value all children as unique individuals and recognise that they develop and learn in different ways. We are experienced in supporting children with specific additional needs and we recognise the positive qualities that they can bring to our setting.
We know how important it is for children to feel safe and secure within our setting and we work as a team to make sure each child’s emotional well-being is nurtured.
Our team will help your child continue to discover and develop lifelong attitudes and dispositions towards learning by encouraging children to play and explore, to ‘have a go’ at something new, persevere, try out their own ideas and enjoy their achievements.
All of our learning is done through play, often initiated by the child, sometimes led by an adult, who is able to enrich and extend interests they have noticed.
The children are able to choose where they want to play in the main part of the Pre-school. Adult led circle times are spent in learning groups. Children in their Pre-school year are based in the Yellow Room; younger children are in the Orange Room. We also have our Green Room with its own outside area for activities with smaller groups of children.
There is an area in the entrance hall where children can take part in ‘Black Mat’ activities. A black mat session is always facilitated by an adult and is typically based on exploring ‘real’ and ‘everyday’ objects for example padlocks & keys, jewellery, garlic presses or weighing scales. The activities are designed to promote the development of positive attributes and characteristics such as resilience and perseverance as well as their ability to think critically and to problem solve.
We place a high value on learning outdoors with a large outside play area as well as the smaller area attached to the Green Room. All children in their Pre-school year have an opportunity to experience Forest School through trips to Leigh Woods.
The Noah’s Ark Team
We have a large and experienced staff team, each member bringing their own unique contribution to Noah’s Ark. The Practice Managers are Jane Smith and Sophie Cleak who are both experienced early years teachers. Jane and Sophie job share , each spending half their time directly supporting the children and half doing office based management work.
Jane and Sophie are supported by our Office Manager, Sophie Turner. Sophie also manages our intakes and registers and is the first point of contact for those considering a place at Noah’s Ark.
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Heather Goddard. Heather is a qualified teacher with extensive experience of dealing with children with a wide range of additional needs.