Ark Start John Archer

Ark Start John Archer is an Ofsted rated Good nursery in the heart of Battersea. Our nursery makes great use of being situated so centrally with trips to central London as well as locally. We make use of the incredible resources of Battersea: the Common, Battersea Park, the Wetlands, and local libraries and galleries.

Our nursery serves children from age 1 and is led by specialist early years teachers. Every day, highly qualified adults lead ‘time to find out’ sessions. In these sessions the children explore literacy, maths, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. The sessions are there to enhance the children’s thoughts and language and further support learning through play.

Our nursery serves children from age 1. Free 2 year old and 3 year old places available all year round or term time only.

Nursery Details

Why John Archer?

Here are some of the great benefits of bringing your child to Ark Start John Archer.

Expert Staff

Our nurseries are led by qualified teachers and dedicated staff who are all committed to providing children with a fantastic start in life.

A Great Location

Only a 5-minute walk to Clapham Junction train station, Ark Start John Archer is in a great location for people on their way to work.

Good Ofsted

"Children benefit from a well-organised environment, and staff plan carefully to meet their interests and needs."

Well Connected

With easy access to Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, and Battersea Park, nursery trips are made easy.

Meet the Team

Meet the passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic team here at Ark Start John Archer.




Head of Teaching and Learning


Nursery Manager at Ark Start John Archer


Deputy Manager at Ark Start John Archer

About Molly

Hi! My name is Molly and I am the Headteacher at Ark Start Nurseries. I am passionate about providing quality education for young children and have worked in the early years for 10 years, as a Nursery teacher, Reception teacher and leading in early reading including synthetic phonics. I love singing and storytelling and know how fun and motivating it is for young children to learn more about the world through stories, songs and experiences they want to talk about and share with others. I am originally from New Zealand and grew up by the sea and mountains, so enjoy spending as much time outside as possible! In my spare time, I enjoy cuddling with my cat, Neko and singing as much as I can.

About Sarah

Sarah is a qualified Early Years Teacher with a Masters degree in Early Years Education, and has taught within early years for 10 years.


Before joining Ark Start, Sarah worked as an Early Years Lead in an Ark School.


Sarah believes that every child deserves the best start in life. Inspirational learning in Early Years is provided through a safe, stimulating and enriching environment that enables children to develop character and independence through play and by engaging in high quality interactions with the adults in Nursery.

About Syreta

Syreta has worked with children of different ages in a school setting for 4 years. She loves working with children because no two days are the same and she enjoys the way they perceive the world.

Syreta is passionate about learning and being the bridge that supports a child to access new information or experiences. Syreta is so happy to be here at Ark Start and be part of helping children and their families in our community with the first stages of learning.

Syreta absolutely love animals and learning about new cool animal facts. When not in the nursery, Syreta plays an active role in her church and enjoys reading, spending time with family and visiting new places in England or abroad.

About Trifina

Trifina has worked in the childcare industry for 18 years, starting as an apprentice then moving on to work in numerous roles, from baby room team leader to Head of toddler provision for 7 years.

In addition to gaining numerous professional experience along her childcare journey, Trifina has qualifications in childcare, education, management and leadership.

Trifina is enthusiastic and dedicated to providing children with the best start in life; supporting them to reach their full potential through quality learning experiences and play catered towards the children’s interests, as well as nurturing their needs whilst enabling them to explore new experiences.

In her spare time, Trifina enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures as well as cherishing the quality time with family and friends.


Younger Years Lead at Ark Start John Archer


Early Educator at Ark Start John Archer


Early Educator at Ark Start John Archer


Apprentice at Ark Start John Archer

About Gursharon

My name is Gursharon, and I have just started at Ark Start Nursery.
I have been working in childcare for over 15 years and spent a lot of that time working in the Early Years, as I find this is the best time to encourage the children to grow, be independent and get the best out of the way they learn and understand themselves.
My favourite play is messy plan and I love getting stuck in with different type of sensory mediums.

About Hannah

Hello, my name is Hannah and I am a recent graduate of the University of Roehampton. I achieved an “Outstanding” first class grade with the dissertation I wrote, based on my own research project on transitional objects and the importance of children’s voice on what matters to them. The Froebelian philosophies regarding children’s autonomy, as well as learning out of doors and their connection to nature, are very important to me. Outside of education, I am passionate about literature and history. I’m delighted to be here at Ark Start and I am looking forward to my future here!

About Antonia

Hi there! My name is Antonia, and I have over eight years of experience in caring for children of all ages. My passion for childcare was ignited during my time in West Africa Ghana, where I spent a year and a half working alongside my mother.

What I love most about working with children is witnessing their growth and development. As a caregiver, it’s truly fulfilling to be a part of a child’s journey from the very beginning, all the way to their transition into school. Being able to guide and nurture them during these crucial stages is a privilege that I cherish.

When I’m not working, I indulge in my love for writing and singing as part of my church choir. I’m also passionate about giving back to the community and have organized fundraisers and distributed food and toy hampers to children in Ghana.

About Toba

Hello, my name is Toba Hassan and I’m a mother of two beautiful children. I think everyone should take a part in building a better society by giving the best support to our future generation, that’s why I decided to avail this opportunity as an apprentice at Ark Start Oval Nursery to provide the best care to children with trust and love as that is what they deserve. I adore their loving and innocent nature and I am happy to be a part of their learning journey.

I love to paint in my spare time and visit museums and galleries with my children. We like to spend our time exploring nature and love to read in the meadows.



Apprentice at Ark Start John Archer

zoie ark start nursery staff


Family Support & Engagement Manager


Lunchtime Supervisor at Ark Start John Archer

About Sasha

Hello, my name is Sasha and I am an apprentice here at Ark Start. I am excited for this opportunity, and to be able to support and care for the children at our nursery.

I love helping the children learn to draw, sing nursery rhymes, and making them smile. I am passionate about making every child feel heard while encouraging their growth through play.

In my spare time I enjoy playing piano, live music, painting, and creative writing.

About Zoie

My name is Zoie, the Family support and engagement manager for Ark Start. I have worked in the early years sector for just over 15years. I am passionate about ensuring children and their parents/carers receive the best start in life, and in their journey as a family. Having worked in various roles on my path through early years, I feel very fortunate in what I have learnt along the way, and hope to use these skills to help others.

In my spare time, I love to paint and do little craft projects, spend time with my family and friends, read and explore the museums, markets and fun pop ups around London. I am also taking a counselling skills course and hope to progress onto my Level 4 soon.

I am always here to help with anything you need, so just pop by and say hello.

About Dominique

My name is Dominique, I am the lunchtime supervisor at ArkStart.

I have previous experience working with all children of nursery age, going back over 10years.

I’ve always had a passion for helping children through the early stages of their life, I guess that’s what happens when your from a big family. I believe this began almost 21 years ago, helping to raise my nephew.

I have two young children and enjoy helping them through every stage of their lives, which is a daily reminder of how much I love working with children.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Reading and finding new adventures for my own children and my nieces and nephews.

I’m enjoying my role as part of Ark Start team and hope to continue learning with each day.

Free 2 year old funded places available

We are really proud to be part of this film, promoting 2 year old funded nursery places.  Created by the Early Education team in Wandsworth and Red Door productions, this film highlights what a day in nursery is like and the benefits it has on your childs development.

Nursery Fees


Term time only (38 weeks per year)

 15 hours: Mon (9-3) &Tues (9-3) &Wed am (9-12)

 15 hours: Wed pm (12-3) &Thurs (9-3) & Fri (9-3)

 30 hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 3pm

All year round (48 weeks per year)

15 hours stretched Mon (9-3) &Tues (9-3)

15 hours stretched Thurs (9-3) & Fri (9-3)

30 hours stretched Mon (9-3) &Tues (9-3) & Thurs (9-3) & Fri (9-3)

Booking Pattern 1 Year Olds 2 Year Olds 3-4 Year Olds
3 hour session
6 hour session
9 hour session
Ignore Ignore Ignore
Lunch and snacks provided with 6 hour session
Snacks only per 3 hour session (packed lunch brought in separately)
Breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks provided with 9 hour session

Ark John Archer Primary Academy

Ark John Archer Primary Academy is a vibrant and happy community school serving the Battersea & Wandsworth Local Authority. Located just a few minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction Station, just off of St. John’s Hill. Everyone at Ark John Archer Primary Academy is committed to giving every pupil the very best start to their educational journey.

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