Ark Ayrton Primary Academy, Somers Road, Southsea PO5 4LS
ARK Alpha nursery is a full day care nursery, offering a range of sessions throughout the week on a full year and term time contract. Open from 7:30 - 6 Monday to Friday 51 weeks of the year (excluding bank holidays and they close for a week at Christmas)
ARK Alpha provides high quality care and education for all children. They offer a home from home experience with a personal, friendly and professional atmosphere for children and their families. Staff build positive relationships with families and assist children with learning the skills that are required for school.
Within the nursery they have 4 age groups: Monkeys 0-20 months, Zebras 21 months to 2 years 8 months, Leopards 2 years 9 months - 3 years 6 months and then the giraffes 3 years 7 months upwards. All the rooms have a range of resources to help develop all 7 areas of learning, the rooms also have their own free flow garden where the children can choose whether they play inside or outside throughout the day. In addition to this they have 2 large outside play areas including an all weather garden and a natural garden.
The team provide the best care for your child and are always planning for their next steps, each child will be allocated a key person from the day they join and this key person will be responsible for the planning and developmental activities for your child, these all reflect the children interests and their personal developments and get reviewed weekly.
If you have any questions or would like to received more information about the nursery please don't hesitate to get in contact, professionals are looking forwards to hearing from you to answer any questions or to arrange a show around.
Owner: ARK Schools
Person in charge: Julie Ayrton (Manager)
Local Authority / Social Services: Portsmouth City Council
Number of Staff: 28
Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care
Total Places for Children: 89
Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 8 years 0 months
Opening Days: Mon-Fri
Opening Hours: 0730-1800
When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas
Fees Guide: Full week £205, Full day £44, AM/PM £19, School day £31, Twilight Session £12, Extra hours £5.75
ARK Alpha Nursery has a Review Score of 8.1 (8.122)
The Review Score of 8.1 (maximum of 10) for ARK Alpha Nursery is based on 1 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 8.122 is made up of a Quality Score of 5 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 3.122 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the number of positive Reviews/Recommendations.
The maximum Review Score for a nursery is 10 and it is based on the published (including Restricted Publication) Reviews in the last 2 years. When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.
The Review Score of 8.122 for ARK Alpha Nursery is based on 1 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.
The Review Score (maximum of 10) is made up of a Quality Score (maximum of 5) and Quantity Score (maximum of 5):
Quality Score: 5 Points are available for the average rating. For each review the nursery is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating. (Please note that the ratings of Very Poor and Poor have only been available since the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015.)
The Quality Score (average rating) of 5 for ARK Alpha Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (11 Excellents x 5) ) ÷ 11 Ratings = 5
Quantity Score: 5 Points are available for the number of 'Positive Reviews' for a nursery. A Positive Review is defined as:
Any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this care provider to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'
Any Recommendation. Before the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015 all feedback was limited to Recommendations (ie positive comments only)
The 5 points available are broken down as follows:
3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.
0.1 Point per Positive Review, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. (ie a nursery requires 10 Positive Reviews to receive the maximum score of 1 point.)
(Number of Positive Reviews ÷ number of children) x 2, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. ie a nursery has to receive a number of Positive Reviews equal to half of the number of children to obtain the maximum score of 1 point. eg a nursery with 40 children has to receive 20 Positive Reviews to obtain the maximum score of 1 point.
The Quantity Score of 3.122 for ARK Alpha Nursery is calculated as follows:
1 Positive Reviews = 3
0.1 x 1 Positive Reviews = 0.100
(1 Positive Reviews ÷ 89 Children) x 2 = 0.022
The Review Score is based on user Recommendations/Reviews submitted in the last 2 years. The maximum Review Score is 10. There are 5 Points available for the average of all ratings on users Recommendations/Reviews (Excellent 5, Good 4, Satisfactory 3, Poor 2, Very Poor 1). There are 5 Points available for the total number of positive Recommendations/Reviews submitted in relation to the number of child places at the Day Nursery.
Before 1st July 2015 daynurseries.co.uk only accepted Recommendations (positive comments only) and the Ratings were limited to Excellent, Good & Satisfactory. These are marked up as Recommendations.
As of 1st July 2015 daynurseries.co.uk changed from Recommendations to Reviews (positive and negative comments) and added the Ratings Poor and Very Poor. These are marked up as Reviews. Between 1st July and 31st December 2015, we are still processing a number of Recommendations from Recommendation cards sent out before 1st July (These are marked up as Recommendations).
We receive approximately 40% of Reviews/Recommendations through website submission and 60% of Reviews/Recommendations through Review/Recommendation Cards (only available to Enhanced / Premium Services more info).
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend ARK Alpha Nursery?
Reviewer Connection to ARK Alpha Nursery
Recommendation submitted from a Website Submission by L Paston (Mother of Child) on Monday 20 October 2014. Recommendation relates to September 2014.
My son has flown since starting at Ark Alpha.
In September 2014, I moved my 21 month old son to Ark Alpha from another nursery where he had been full time since the age of 9 months. I was moving him due to concerns with the previous nursery, however I was worried about how he would deal with the change of setting. Ark was reassuring and supportive throughout the whole process. Since starting at Ark he has flown beyond my hopes. Within the first week he came home happier, noisier and more exhausted than he had ever been. Within 3 weeks he is walking having never even stood unaided before. The staff have listened and responded to us and they are always happy and bright - you can tell that there is a great working relationship between the staff in his room. Communication is regular, immediate, effective and professional; activities are varied and have really promoted my son's speech and understanding. They have recently employed a cook and her food is delicious, fresh and healthy - he loves it! Overall, this nursery is a caring environment where my son is flourishing. I could not recommend it more.
How likely would you be to recommend ARK Alpha Nursery? Extremely Likely
No Average Rating is available*
Overall Standard: Excellent
Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent
Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent
Food / Nutrition: Excellent
Value for Money: Excellent