ARK Alpha Nursery

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy, Somers Road, Southsea PO5 4LS

ARK Alpha Nursery, Southsea, Hampshire
ARK Alpha Nursery, Southsea, Hampshire
ARK Alpha Nursery, Southsea, Hampshire

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)
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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

Vacancies

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Current Reviews

Review Score: 8.8 (8.843)

The Review Score of 8.8 (maximum of 10) for ARK Alpha Nursery is based on 7 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 8.843 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.986 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 3.857 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 8.843 for ARK Alpha Nursery is based on 7 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 4.986 for ARK Alpha Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (73 Excellents x 5) + (1 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 74 Ratings = 4.986

    • 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:

      1. 3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.

      2. 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.)

      3. (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 3.857 for ARK Alpha Nursery is calculated as follows:

      1. 7 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 7 Positive Reviews = 0.700

      3. (7 Positive Reviews ÷ 89 Children) x 2 = 0.157

  • 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.

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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

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I love this nursery and since my daughter started at 16 months old I was nervous as she had been with a childminder before hand, my worries were soon cleared up as on my daughter first day she came home happy. Her speech is amazing and this is also due to the nursery, she has also been signing using makaton which is useful if she doesn't fancy talking or is too tired, she looks forward to going to nursery. All the activities she does are well planned to help with development, her confidence has increased with amazing ducts and other children, she has made friends and is always talking about nursery, it's also lovely to get details of what my daughter has done that day and she hates leaving and when she sees nursery gets so excited, you can also tell child safety is important and makes you feel safe knowing your child is in safe hands and everyone is so welcoming I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS NURSERY TO ANY PARENT OR CARER.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

They have taught my daughter a lot, like words. She is also singing very well and has come on leaps and bounds. Since joining the nursery, her confidence has improved and so have her social skills. I will be using this nursery in the future for further children.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Since my two year old son started Ark Alpha he has come on in leaps and bounds, his speech as improved and his confidence has grown. The nursery staff are caring and friendly and the atmosphere and environment at the nursery is always happy. My two year old goes to nursery with a smile on his face and when I pick him up his smile is still there.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am so impressed with the level of care my child receives at Ark Alpha Nursery. All the staff are welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic. and William has built strong bonds with all the adults. All the activities are well planned and engaging and sometimes it's difficult to tear William away at the end of the day! They are attentive to his needs and give thorough feedback. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ark Alpha! Thank you for all you do!

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I'm very happy with this nursery. The staff offer a friendly, caring approach to looking after my daughter. The daily activities help to develop my daughter's learning as well as lots of free playtime. My daughter is always happy to be dropped off.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been at Ark Alpha since October 2013, when he was 6 months old. The staff have been brilliant and I felt very confident leaving him there when I returned to work. The staff give excellent feedback every day about his activities and encourage parent feedback and involvement with the nursery, which makes you feel that you and your child/ren are very valued by the nursery.

My son always smiles as we go through the gates each morning, which is enough proof for me that he enjoys his time here.

Very well deserved 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating !!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Awards / Recognitions

March 2014

Ofsted Outstanding award

Recipient: ARK Alpha Nursery

Date: Tuesday 18 Mar 2014

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