About Us

The Management Team

Gemma Barnwell – Manager. I gained a Bachelor of Education Degree in 2008. I then worked as a qualified teacher in Primary Schools teaching children from the early years setting to year six for 6years. I have been at the Ark since Autumn term 2013 and I have very high expectations to ensure we provide a high quality of childcare through love and education.  I am a mother of two young children so therefore I bring to the nursery a parents and professional prospective. We have a fantastic team who have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the work they do.

Ofsted report

Ofsted Reg. Number: EY377952
We have been thrilled with Ofsted recently giving us an overall rating of "good". The full Ofsted report can be downloaded from here.

Fee Structure

Details of our fee structure can be viewed in fee_structure_the_ark.pdf

NEF – National Education Funding & Think 2 Funding
These schemes, run by the government, ensures that all 2, 3 and 4 year olds can access free educational places for 15 hours a week. Your child may be eligible the term after their 3rd Birthday.
Parents can use this to contribute towards their fees if the child attends more than 15 hours a week.

We also offer funded only sessions but these are limited and subject to availability.