Prospective Parents


  • In the inserts section, you will find information about term dates, a registration form and details of contacts.
  • If you think Noah’s Ark might suit your child and your family, please phone the Registrar on 020 7924 3472 or email her at to arrange a visit. Visits take place throughout the term at flexible times during the week, and usually last about half an hour. A visit includes a chat with the Head of Noah’s Ark Nursery Schools and a tour of the school on a normal working morning.
  • The next step (before or after your visit) is to register your child – a registration form can be downloaded here.
  • If you are interested in Noah’s Ark, you are encouraged to register as early as you possibly can, as your registration date will determine your position on the list. Siblings of Noah’s Ark children are given priority in the Autumn and Spring Terms.
  • Noah’s Ark Nursery School hours are 09.00 to 12.30 Monday to Friday during term time. All children are given a place at the nursery school for all five mornings although many parents, in order to help their child during the transition and settling-in phase, choose to send their child for three mornings a week at first, or for all five mornings but for a shorter period of time. Most children settle in happily by the end of the first half term, and easily cope with coming every day.
  • Children are admitted from 2½ years, and the majority of children spend two years at Noah’s Ark before moving on to primary school. Our main intake is in September, but we also admit children in January and April if places are available.
  • Parents are invoiced for a red gingham smock – a different style for boys and girls – to be worn over children’s home clothes to protect them from the rigours of nursery school life! Robust clothing and shoes are recommended to enable the children to enjoy the morning’s activities without worries about ruining their clothes! As we aim to foster independence in toileting and changing shoes for dance and other activities, clothing and shoes that little fingers can manage themselves help enormously.
  • A snack is provided mid-morning, and water is constantly available. Milk or water is offered at snack time, and in line with our Healthy Eating Policy, we provide a variety of snacks e.g. fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, cheese, crackers, raisins and plain biscuits.
  • We value our partnership with parents very highly, and endeavour to keep the channels of communication open at all times. There is ongoing informal feedback every day about the children in our care, and teachers are always available to speak to any parent who has a query/concern or just wants an update on their child. We do have more formal parent/teacher interviews in the Autumn and Spring Terms, and reports are written in the Summer Term.
  • Children are placed in small class groups – usually up to eight children – with children of a similar age. The over-threes have one teacher per class, and the under-threes have a teacher and an assistant. The minimum adult/child ratio is either 1:8 or 1:4, depending on age.
  • As much as we would like all children to be toilet trained before they begin at Noah’s Ark, we also acknowledge that not all children are out of nappies at 2½. We will happily change nappies and work together with parents to face the challenge of potty-training together!
  • Each morning at Noah’s Ark follows a slightly different format but there is always a mix of structured, teacher-directed activities and child-led, independent play. Specialist Music, Dance and French teachers come each week, and the children also indulge in cooking once a week. All activities, with the exception of French, are included in the school fees.
  • The school’s most recent ISI Report can be found here.