The Ark set sail in 2000 when we, Jo Brock and Heidi Bingham as two friends and new mothers, were faced with the search for childcare for our own children.
When we could not find our ‘perfect’ place we took the bold step of creating it for ourselves and we are very proud that every decision we make and have made, centres around what we would want for our own children. Over the years, we have found that our beliefs and standards are shared by many parents.
These principles have also now been recognised by OFSTED where in our recent inspection we were judged to be "Outstanding". For a full copy of the report please click here to visit the OFSTED site or click here to download a PDF of the report.
Our surroundings are magical
The nursery and out of school club are set in a 4-acre site in the West Yorkshire countryside in the centre of the Calder Valley. The children and staff can look out at the amazing views, watch the weather pass across the hillside, take walks along the track to see the animals in their pastures or just sit with their friends in the field listening to the latest music.
Attention to detail
We aim to set a new standards. At The Ark and in SPACE we operate well above the minimum requirements laid down by OFSTED both in terms of space allowed per child and the number of staff allocated to the children. We are also accredited by Investors In People who recognise our commitment to staff and training at The Ark.
Overall we sincerely believe that The Ark is ‘the experience of a lifetime’ for everyone including children, parents and staff. We openly welcome you to visit and see us in action for yourself.