Learn About Us
Committed to Excellence
Noah’s Ark Preschool is a long established and well respected preschool in the heart of Paulton. It has operated for over 40 years and has a team of enthusiastic staff who have all attained the appropriate early years qualifications. We welcome children between the ages of 21/2 and 4 years. Each member of staff is assigned key children with whom they form a close supportive relationship. We also encourage parents/carers to be actively involved in their children’s learning and operate an open door policy for parents and families.
Our Vision and Values
Our aim is to provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment where all children are able to enjoy themselves and grow in confidence.
We encourage every child to be competent learners who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
We seek to build positive relationships with both our children and their families.
We aim for children to develop positive attitudes and relationships, which will form the base for them becoming strong, secure and independent individuals.
We see every child as unique and follow a child-led approach to learning within a supported environment.
Noah's Ark Preschool takes it's commitment to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children and Young People very seriously and expects all staff, students and volunteers to do the same.
"The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children is outstanding." Ofsted March 2015
Learning and Development
Getting Your child to the Next Level
The preschool follows the guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and we maintain the standards set out in the statutory framework of the EYFS. We take a child initiated approach to learning and ensure every child is presented with a wide range of opportunities and experiences during their time with us.
"Staff plan a wide range of stimulating activities and experiences for children, from
observations they make of their ever-changing interests. Children are always engaged
in play, which enables staff to consistently extend their learning to the next stage. As a
result, all children are motivated to learn and make good progress in all areas". Ofsted March 2015.
Outdoor Play and Learning
Our undercover play area, large grassed areas and nature gardens provide vast exploring opportunities and learning for our children in all weathers.
We endeavour to give our children as much freedom to explore as they need. To ensure this we offer an open door policy and the children are encouraged to choose whether they want to play inside or out. Most children prefer to play and learn outside.
We believe that when children play outside they are better at managing their own behaviour. Outside play also gives the children the opportunity to activley understand how to keep safe, follow instructions and take risks
Meet the Team
We currently employ 10 staff who have all attained the appropriate childcare qualifications. Most staff are pediatric first aid qualified to level 2 and all staff attend frequent additional training to enhance their personal development.
"Staff are skilled teachers and maximise opportunities in play to incorporate fun, literacy
activities. As a result, children are keen to learn the skills they need to read and write,
and this prepares them well for starting school." Ofsted March 2014.
Noah's Ark Preschool is a Registered Charity and is run by a parent led Management Committee. These valuable volunteers contribute to the continued success of the preschool by providing a wealth of experiences and knowledge.
We regularly hold events to raise valuable funds for new equipment. Please keep an eye on our What's On section where we will keep you informed on what's happening.
Check out all the happenings here at Noah's Ark Preschool. You’ll find out more about our latest news and what we have coming up in the future. We also provide regular updates and information about our preschool on monthly newsletters and on our notice board and Facebook page
30 Hour Entitlement Update
From September 2017, the Government have increased the Early Years Entitlement (funding) for eligible parents/carers to 30 hours per week for Term Time provisions. To find out whether you are eligible please click on the link below. If you are not eligible your entitlement will remain at 15 hours.
We will endeavour to offer as many hours as possible subject to availability