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 are either based in the Yellow or Orange room in mixed age groups but can choose to play in either room throughout the session. We also have a Green Room with its own outside area for activities with smaller groups of children and a Blue Room used as a quieter space for some of our children with additional needs.
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.
Richard has worked in education throughout his working life as a Maths teacher and more recently as an Exams officer and Data Manager in a secondary school. He and his wife, Nicola, have been members of Cairns Road Baptist Church for more than 20 years. They have three now-adult children. Richard joined the Noah’s Ark Trustees in 2011, not long after he and his family had returned from a 5-year spell working in a school in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Richard is Treasurer to the Trustees and chairs Trustees’ meetings.
Ailsa is very proud to have been a trustee/company secretary for Noah’s Ark since her two daughters (now teenagers) attended. She has also been a member of Cairns Road Baptist Church for many years where she is part of a home group and helps with the 5- to 11-year-olds on a Sunday morning.
After gaining her biology degree, Ailsa worked for not-for-profit science publishers for a number of years before her present position as website editor for Roots for Churches.
In her spare time Ailsa plays the trumpet and enjoys running, riding her bike, and walking the family labrador. She is also passionate about sustainability and finding ways to engage people positively in taking action prayerfully and practically to solve the climate crisis.
Helen has been a fan of Noah’s Ark since her youngest child attended about twenty years ago and has been a trustee since 2011. She is also a member of Cairns Road Baptist Church where she particularly enjoys being part of the Children’s Team and a home group.
Helen works as a children’s nurse in the community and loves spending time outdoors as much as possible in her free time.