How trusts can turn the tide for early years

With the early years sector in crisis, one multi-academy trust that has started running EYFS settings says its approach could offer a solution.  The Tes article last week “The slow erosion of EYFS and why it matters for all schools” was a timely read for anyone interested in early years provision – which, as the headline says, should really […]

Why nursery is so important.

Moira Cruddas, Deputy Regional Director for Ark Schools and former Principal of Ark John Archer, explains why nursery is so important and why she thinks children who join Ark Start are set up to succeed. “When children come into reception and they haven’t had a grounding in nursery – the social interactions, the excitement for […]

Why play is so much more than just playing…..

At Ark Start, we are about much more than childcare: we believe that early years is a critical phase in a child’s education and that a great start in life will help children thrive at school and beyond. Play is at the centre of our approach because we know that children learn through play – […]

Expertise at Ark Start

We are very proud that both our headteacher, Molly, and our head of teaching and learning work beyond the Ark Start network – most recently, they have been consulted by the EEF on their Early Years toolkit which helps us ensure that we are using evidence based approaches to ensure our children get the very […]

“It’s the most ambitious and supportive setting I’ve worked in.” 

Sophie Petherbridge-Conroy has been Nursery Manager at Ark Start Oval for two years and is completing a master’s in Early Years Education. She explains the role the nursery has played in her professional development. “In my last early years role, I didn’t feel I was developing. I knew I wanted to become a qualified teacher […]

Ark Start’s Molly Devlin speaks to Ofsted.

One of Ofsted’s key strategic priorities acknowledges the relationship between early childhood experiences and a range of life outcomes, from educational success to well-being and good health. Listen to the podcast here.

A contribution to the Early Years debate.

Ark Start has been working with Kindred Squared to look at different ways of funding the early years entitlements to ensure that government funding is targeted at the children who stand the most to benefit. Click here to read the full report

Ark Start Oval: A Good Provider

Ark Start Oval nursery “inspires curiosity”, says Ofsted.   Ark Start Oval, a nursey in Croydon, has been rated ‘good’ in all areas by Ofsted. The nursery was inspected last month, two years after opening its doors to children.  The report said: “The nursery offers children rich opportunities to play and learn. Imaginative activities are […]

How can parents support learning at home?

Children benefit when they are supported at home with their learning, which is why at Ark Start, working in close partnership with our families is one of our five key principles. There is plenty families can do to support learning at home – from when children have just started at nursery all the way through […]