The Arc Nursery has 59 childcare places for children aged between 3 months and 5 years. We are a charitable organisation and the nursery itself is overseen by a board of trustees, which is made up of a group of parents who have or have had their children attend the nursery (for more information on this please see ‘Who Are ACT’).
The nursery has sole use of a detached, two storey period building which boasts an outdoor garden on the ground floor and a natural roof garden where the children have access to our mud kitchen, pond and planting allotment. Both of which, the children have a chance to use daily throughout the year. It also has a sensory area in the basement which provides a sensual calming environment. Although this area is used by all the children, it is especially for children with special needs and who are emotionally distressed.
All children are provided with nutritious home cooked meals which are cooked on site by our own chef. We regularly take the children on outings to local parks and attractions, and on various trips throughout the year to places of interest such as farms/museums. This allows them to explore and learn about particular subjects and enables us to give them the best learning experiences available.
The nursery is open from 8am-6pm throughout the year, although it is closed for all Bank holidays and three inset days per year for staff training.
In an outstanding setting, we are committed to the continuous professional development of our staff, which in turn benefits the children by improving the quality of childcare we offer.
We have a Nursery Manager who is supported by a deputy manager and each room has a designated Room Leader. The nursery follows the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, that is laid down by Ofsted and supports all our policies and procedures that are updated on a regular basis.
The nursery operates closed circuit television, please see our policies page for more information.
Please click here to download a PDF file containing our Outstanding Ofsted Report from January 2014.