At New Ark we learn how to manage risk
We dont mind getting messy
We value our world

We are currently only running preschool groups and play support sessions

Find out more about our pre-school sessions and play support sessions

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We believe in the child’s right to play. Play is the child’s natural way of learning about the world, themselves and other people. Children need play opportunities that encourage exploration, adventure and enterprise. Having enough time and space for play increases children’s health and happiness. Play makes life more interesting and fun!

At New Ark children can enjoy all kinds of play, safely under adult supervision, indoors and out, all year round.

Adventure Playground

Many of the structures in our traditional adventure playground are handmade on site, using traditional building materials and discarded industrial parts. Children can explore risk in a controlled environment, supervised by professional playworkers who know when to let children work things out for themselves and when to help out. Children get heaps of exercise, fresh air, contact with the natural world and all the benefits of play!

City Farm

Here children and their families can get to know farm birds, animals and small pets. Children can sponsor and name an animal at birth and can take eggs home from the farm birds. A trained worker helps them to care for the creatures. Families are encouraged to volunteer for feeding and caring duties outside normal opening hours. New Ark is the only City Farm in the Eastern Counties.

Eco Centre

With its woodland area, sensory garden and small orchard, children can observe the life cycles of wild creatures. They also learn to appreciate the colours, shapes and scents of plants. The area contains both purpose-built and loose natural play structures, which are generally suitable for younger children.

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Holiday/Term Dates

Autumn Term:

3 September – 23 October 2020
2 November – 18 December 2020

Spring Term:

4 January – 12 February 2021
22 February – 26 March 2021

Summer Term

12 April -28 May 2021
7 June – 22 July 2021