Bridging the gap

Our pilot is proving that schools’ involvement in the early years makes academic and financial sense, writes Katie Oliver, and there’s no time to wait to start. As sports days take place across our schools, thinking about children’s school careers as a race can be enlightening. Sadly, a growing number of disadvantaged pupils are starting […]

Councillor Kate Stock

Councillor Kate Stock joined us Ark Start Nursery and Ark John Archer Primary Academy to hold her first in school school surgery. If you are interested in being a part of our parent community group, we would love to hear from you. Click here to get in touch

MP Marsha De Cordova

On Wednesday 16th  March, we held a coffee morning with local MP Marsha De Cordova, to discuss our community, concerns around safety and safe places to play for our children. The meeting was a great success and wonderfully chaired by the parents. From this meeting, Marsha De Cordova agreed to connect us with and convene […]

Forest School

My name’s Sophie and I am the nursery manager for Ark Start Oval in East Croydon. Here at Ark Start, we provide forest school sessions for our children twice a week – we believe it helps them build an appreciation of the natural world and build children’s self esteem as well as their approach to […]

A Fair Start?

Increasing funding for disadvantaged children in Early years For the next guest blog in our A Fair Start? series, we hear from Katie Oliver, the Director of Ark Start. She argues that more funding for disadvantaged children is absolutely vital. The research is clear: disadvantage starts early. The period from zero to five is a critical […]

Nursery World article

How academies are strengthening their early years ethos. In March this year, Ark Start Oval, a new nursery in East Croydon, welcomed 26 families into the purpose-built nursery, which is made of recycled shipping containers. Located next to Ark Oval Primary Academy, Ark Start Oval is the second nursery opened by Art Start, charity Ark’s […]

A reception at No.10

Prime Minster Boris Johnson hosted a reception for the Early Years Sector in the garden of 10 Downing Street, to celebrate the hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic. Zara Simpson & Zoie Scriven were invited to attend on behalf of our team at Ark Start and spoke to both the Prime Minister and Children’s […]

Early education

Zara is the deputy head of Ark Start and leads provision at Ark Start John Archer in Battersea. Zara has 16 years experience working with children as a nursery nurse, early years teacher, early years leader and as a primary school Vice-Principal. Last year, she taught the nation’s Reception children online for Oak Academy – […]