ARK Alpha Nursery

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

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ARK Alpha Nursery
ARK Alpha Nursery
ARK Alpha Nursery

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 we close for a week at Christmas.
ARK Alpha provides high quality care and education for all children. We offer a home from home experience with a personal, friendly and professional atmosphere for children and their families. We 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 were 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 Breading (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

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Awards / Recognitions

March 2014

Ofsted Outstanding award

Date: Tuesday 18 Mar 2014
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Current Recommendations

Recommendation Score: 9.4 (9.362)

The user 'Recommendation Score' (9.4 for ARK Alpha Nursery) is calculated using a combination of the average of all ratings on user Recommendations submitted in the last 2 years, and the total number of user recommendations submitted in relation to the number of child places at the nursery. The maximum Recommendation Score is 10. To see more about the daynurseries.co.uk user recommendations please click here.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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.

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

How likely would you be to recommend ARK Alpha Nursery? Extremely likely

Submitted by L Paston (Mother of Child) on Monday 20 October 2014. Review relates to September 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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

Submitted by Marquita (Mother of Child) on Thursday 7 August 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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

Submitted by Marguita Slater (Mother of Child) on Thursday 7 August 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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

Submitted by Frances Gralton (Mother of Child) on Monday 7 July 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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

Submitted by Alison Stakim (Mother of Child) on Monday 30 June 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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

Submitted by Sarah Jones (Mother of Child) on Monday 30 June 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

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

Submitted by Helen (Mother of Child) on Monday 30 June 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

An absolutely delightful nursery, full of fun, life and colour. Brilliantly friendly and committed staff. Lots of engaging activities for the children. A perfect nursery choice for my son. Love the atmosphere and the outdoor space. Thoroughly recommend it!

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

Submitted by Caroline B (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 20 May 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

My daughter started Ark Alpha at 8 months old, she loves going to the nursery and is always so happy there. Nursery gives excellent feedback on my daughter informing me of her day, what she's played with, mood she's been in, eaten etc Staff are friendly and approachable,would highly recommend Ark Alpha.

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

Submitted by Amanda P (Mother of Child) on Thursday 8 May 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

My daughter has been at Ark Alpha since she was nine months old and from the start the staff were fantastic the listen to the parent and the child's needs. There are plenty of activities. The outdoor space is large with a variety of activities, messy play, games, and lots of fun there. Inside there are lots of learning activities and learning through play, singing and dancing. My daughter loves visiting the cube and the library. In the main school there is also a water play room. The nursery also does stay and play days which gives you the opportunity to go in and play along with your child to see what they do, the staff are all very friendly and the hand overs you get are in-depth. My daughter loves going to nursery and I know she has grown very close to the staff especially her key worker. I like the choice of school dinners. Ark Alpha is a great nursery, and the safety precautions that are in place (a locked gate and passwords). I know my daughter is safe and happy.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Submitted by c chelton (parent) on Tuesday 22 April 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

This nursery is fantastic! My daughter has been going since she was 2 and is now 3. My son who is now 9 also went there. They thrived and really enjoy/ed going, making lots of friends with the other kids and staff alike. It is a safe environment where security is paramount. All the staff are so friendly and make all the children feel welcome and involved. They have a vast range of activities all in line with the child's different development stages. The staff have feedback to parents everyday and very approachable if you have any issues. I highly recommend this nursery to anyone and if I had ten children they would all go to Ark Alpha!

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

Submitted by Eileen Baines (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 22 April 2014.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

Friendly staff and a nurturing atmosphere. Our boys have been really happy and engaged during their time here. Thank you!

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

Submitted by G O (Mother of Child) on Monday 28 October 2013.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

The nursery are always very caring, thorough and communication is excellent. The facilities are impressive as is the care and attention the staff give both our son and ourselves, and Sammy is brilliant, we love her!

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: Good

Submitted by Lucy R (Mother of Child) on Monday 5 August 2013.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

Excellent educational standards, variety of experiential learning opportunities. Caring staff who consistently go the extra mile for the children. As a mum of a 3 year old boy, there are many opportunities for outdoor play which I think is crucial to a childs health, well being and development.

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

Submitted by Lisa T (Mother of Child) on Friday 4 January 2013.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

I have been so impressed by the caring, cheerful staff at the PAWS Nursery. They are angels.

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Submitted by Sue Ratcliffe (Granny of 20 month old boy) on Thursday 27 December 2012.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

My grandson has attended PAWS since he was 5 months old. He absolutely loves coming and talks about all the lovely things he has done.

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

Submitted by Collette Thomas (Nanny of 3 year old boy) on Monday 17 December 2012.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

Since he has joined PAWS he has advanced socially and his skills have developed extremely well. The staff at PAWS are amazing, really friendly, helpful and show a real love for their job. I would wholeheartedly recommend PAWS to anyone interested in taking their child there.

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

Submitted by Amanda Drewery (Mother of Child) on Monday 17 December 2012.

Review of ARK Alpha Nursery

PAWS is a wonderful place for my daughter whilst I'm at work. Staff are caring, flexible, friendly. The learning resources are simply outstanding. Julie the new manager is awesome, proactive and very approachable.

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

Submitted by Karen H (Mother of Child) on Monday 10 December 2012.

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