Noahs Ark Day Nursery

An Ofsted commended nursery situated in Sherston

Rated as Outstanding
by Ofsted 2013/ 2014

Prime areas

Physical Development

Physical development helps children to develop a greater degree of co-ordination, control and movement. They have lots of fun exploring different ways of movement, climbing over, under and around objects. We enjoy dancing to music and finding out how we can move our bodies to 'slither like a snake' or 'jump like a rabbit'. It is important that children learn to move and co-ordinate their bodies with confidence as this helps to promote their positive sense of wellbeing and good health.

  • We offer opportunities for the children to discover how we can use our bodies in different ways to change things, i.e. lifting, pulling, pushing, exploring, Kinetic energy.
  • The large garden provides the children with ample opportunity to move around freely.
  • We help children develop fine motor skills, making marks using one-handed tools and manipulation activities which provide the foundation to writing, cutting and handling tools safely.
  • Children are encouraged to develop independent self-care skills, recognise and participate in healthy practices including toilet training and sleep/rest routines.
  • The older children take part in PE sessions where they learn to dress and undress independently at the start and conclusion of the session. 

Communication and Language

We will encourage children to feel confident about communicating with others in a variety of different ways, including speaking, listening and understanding. They will have lots of opportunities to use spoken language in different ways for different purposes.

The children learn to differentiate sounds, enjoy rhymes and story telling, learning to listen to each other; ask questions and develop understanding of different concepts through various medias. Practitioners encourage vocabulary and use the 'Every Child a Talker' (ECAT) Programme to develop a child's confidence and verbal skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Nursery Practitioners aim to establish sound relationships with the child, their parents, carers and other members of their extended family. Our Practitioners are proud to have the opportunity to provide positive role models to ensure each individual child's emotional, moral, spiritual, social and intellectual needs are met. We will reinforce and encourage children's friendships, helping them to enjoy working together as part of a group and to show respect for each other's differing needs, backgrounds and points of view.

Children are able to learn effectively when they feel safe and secure. As mentioned earlier, we promote this by using a Key Person System, which helps each child to feel positive, valued, and fosters a sense of belonging.

We offer a multitude of activities which will embrace the opportunity to develop the individual child's confidence and self awareness.