Welcome to Noah’s Ark Nursery Group

­ Registered Charity No. 1022584, Ofsted URN No. 251429

Noah’s Ark Nursery Group has been at the heart of Bures village life since January 1971 and is lead by a Voluntary Committee.


Noah’s Ark is based in Bures Community Centre opposite the school.  We are open from 7.30am to 5.00pm during term time. At Noah’s Ark Nursery we offer your child a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment with a focus on play-centred activities in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Our aim is to allow children from the age of two to develop their social and learning skills alongside friends in a happy, family-style atmosphere.

Noah’s Ark Nursery has a reputation for quality care, which is maintained by our team of nine staff members who are constantly updating their skills. We pride ourselves on our high ratio of staff to children in our nursery.

Noah’s Ark Nursery offers a range of inspiring indoor and outdoor play activities. We are based in a spacious fully ventilated hall and our outside areas include the newly equipped Noah’s Ark garden and a secure play area on Bures recreation ground.

In line with our Mission Statement: To provide a high-quality playgroup that is affordable and accessible to all, we offer funded places during all our sessions with no extra costs.

We also provide a Breakfast and After school club for ages 2-11 years and a safe delivery and collection service for children attending Bures Primary School.

Please contact us on 07932 504 450 for further information and enquiries.

Our Staff

We have a full-time team of nine staff members, who we ensure are constantly updating their skills.

Jan McShane

Jan McShane

Nursery Manager & Nominated person

Jan has three grown up children, who all attended Noah’s Ark. She has been involved with Noah’s Ark Nursery Group since 1990 as Committee member, Parent Help, Reserve/Relief Assistant and became Leader in 1992.  She gained her Level 3 Diploma in Preschool Practice from the Pre-School Learning Alliance in 1996 having attended day release for a year.

Becky Brenchley

Becky Brenchley

Deputy Manager & SENDCO

Becky has a daughter, Casey and started at Noah’s Ark Nursery Group as a volunteer. She is now our Deputy Manager and SENDCO and has held her Level 3 since 2007.

Nadia Andow-Perry

Nadia Andow-Perry


Nadia is mum to Jessica and Cameron who have both been to Noah’s Ark and really enjoyed there time here. After starting at Noah’s as our Treasurer and a parent volunteer helping with lunch club, she decided to do the CACHE course Childcare and young persons workforce level 3 at Colchester Institute which she passed just before Christmas 2015.

Leanne Jones

Leanne Jones


Leanne completed my NNEB diploma in 2000 and completed her Level 4 in June 2021.  She has 3 boys.

Jeanette Weavers

Jeanette Weavers


Netty has two children and has worked at Noah’s Ark for 18 years, as our SENDCO. She now works part time, since joining her husband’s business in the Summer of 2016.

Eleanor Wiseman

Eleanor Wiseman


Eleanor has two children and joined Noah’s Ark committee whilst her second child was at Noah’s. After two years as our Secretary, she was voted in as our Administrator. Eleanor is also a relief Nursery Assistant and works at Bures School as a Midday Assistant.

Chloe Holmes

Chloe Holmes


Chloe is a mum to twins Lillee and Layla, who attended the nursery before going off to Bures Primary school. Chloe started working with us in January 2019. Chloe has Level 2 CACHE NVQ and is currently working towards her Level 3.

Michaela Andrewartha

Michaela Andrewartha

Nursery Assistant

Kayla is Mum to Bethany, who came to Noah’s Ark Nursery before going to Bures Primary School. Kayla has started her Level 2 at Colchester institute.

Elaine White

Elaine White

Nursery Assistant

Elaine has a daughter at Bures Primary school and started to work at Noah’s Ark Nursery in December 2019. She has started her Level 2 at Colchester Institute.

Our Committee

Noah’s Ark Nursery Group is run by a voluntary committee of between 5-12 people and operates under the Pre-School Learning Alliance 2011 Constitution.

Claire Ashworth

Chair Person


Andrew Spurway



Laura Richardson


Fleur Robinson

Committee Member

Phoebe Piper

Committee Member


Our Curriculum

Noah’s Ark Nursery Group follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which is a legal requirement. Its framework is designed to be fully inclusive of all children’s needs.

There are seven areas of learning and development. These are:

  1.   Personal, social and emotional development
  2.   Communication and language
  3.   Mathematics
  4.   Physical development
  5.   Understanding the world
  6.   Expressive arts and design
  7.   Literacy

These areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play through a combination of child-initiated and adult-led activities, with around 80% child initiated and 20% adult led.

Our ‘keyperson’ system gives each member of staff responsibility for a small number of individual children. Each child in the group has one special adult to relate to, which helps that child settle into the group more easily. In addition, the keyperson can tailor the group’s curriculum to the unique needs of each individual child. The keyperson maintains links with the child’s home setting, working with parents through shared record-keeping to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.

We constantly monitor and evaluate our curriculum through observations of children and activities, parental feedback, children’s progress and staff meetings. This way, we can ensure the ever-changing needs of the children are met and can adapt our practice if appropriate. We are also inspected by Ofsted Early Years to ensure that the quality of our provision is appropriate to the EYFS, and the requirements for all children are provided for and met.

Our Aims and Objectives

Ethos: “Learn Through Play”

Our aim each session is:

To provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment, in which the natural learning process of all children may be extended through play, enabling them to develop socially, physically, intellectually, communicatively and emotionally.

Our objective is:

To prepare children for future learning by supporting them in building a firm foundation through productive play-based activities.

How we aim to achieve our objectives:

We aim to have free-flow movement between indoor and outdoor activities. Our garden enables children to experience their natural world, including the weather and insects, as well as planting seeds and harvesting crops.

We have a wide range of bikes and ride-on toys to suit all ages and abilities. Children can also use a wide variety of small apparatus such as balls and hoops. We provide opportunities for imaginative play indoors and outdoors with a wide variety of small-world toys.

Children can start to develop early writing skills both indoors and outdoors using a variety of equipment, such as paints, pens and chalks. We bring problem solving into the children’s self-chosen activities and our daily routines, while shape, size and measurement-related learning is delivered through construction and block play.

Our role-play area encourages children to act out their own first-hand experiences and feelings.  We provide opportunities for children to listen to and talk about stories and their experiences.

Each child has a keyperson who takes a special interest in them. We encourage and support the children to celebrate their own and their peers’ achievements.

Book a visit

Or please call Noah’s Ark on 07932 504450 or e-mail us on hello@noahsarknurserygroup.com

Special Educational Needs & Disability

Our nursery group complies with the Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice (2014) and the Equalities Act 2010 and provides welcome and appropriate learning opportunities for all children.

The aims and objectives of our SEND policy


We aim to offer an appropriate learning environment in which to provide a range of activities that meet individual needs.

We strive to identify any difficulties a child may be experiencing early. We develop partnerships with parents and always consult with them if we feel a child may need further assessment or help. A child’s progress will be observed, monitored and recorded as appropriate. If a child is not making adequate progress, staff will liaise closely with the Noah’s Ark Nursery Special Educational Needs & Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) on setting appropriate targets.

We may also liaise with other professionals to ensure that we are offering effective provision for children with special educational needs.

Specialist facilities, staffing and resources


Our premises are large, spacious and on one level with wheelchair access. Activities and resources are arranged so that all children have free movement between and access to them. All our equipment can be presented and adapted to suit all the children attending our provision.

The staff members are deployed within the group to work with individual children as appropriate. We provide a range of differentiated or adapted resources to promote the Early Years Foundation Stage goals. These include photographs, pictures, pop-up books, tactile books, story rhyme tapes, topic books and magazines. We also seek funding for appropriate resources to meet a child’s individual needs.

Our staff has experience of working with children who have autistic spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, aphasia, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, and children with English as an additional language. All staff members in the setting are trained in the sensitivity and knowledge required to provide for children with special educational needs.

Staff members are trained in the use of Makaton or British Sign Language and positive behaviour management.

Some staff members have attended workshops covering Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Speech and Language difficulties, Inclusive Play and the Disability Discrimination Act together with Equal Opportunities.

Our SENDCO and other members of staff attend appropriate training run by our Early Education Consultant Team and the Early Years and Childcare Training Unit to gain further knowledge. We are also able to access support and up-to-date information and advice from our Early Education Consultant Teams (curriculum, organisation and SEND).

The setting complies with standards set by the Equalities Act 2010 and we will make reasonable adjustments as necessary.  Our toilets are accessible and include disabled toilet facilities.

Sessions and Fees

We aim to offer flexibility to accommodate busy families with breakfast, morning sessions, lunch clubs, afternoon sessions & after school club. We are open 7.30am – 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays (closed Bank Holidays). We align with the Suffolk Schools Term and close during school holidays and School PD days.
Breakfast Club operates from 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and is open to children 2-11 years. If your child is at Bures school, we will take them to their classroom for 8.40 a.m.
The morning nursery school session will operate from 9am until 12pm, during which time we ask that you supply a healthy snack.  Every child is offered milk and a bottle of water is always available.

Children can stay for Lunch Club between 12pm and 1pm, but will need to bring their own, named packed lunches, which are stored in a refrigerator.
The afternoon nursery session will operate from 12pm until 3pm during which time we ask that you supply a healthy snack.  Every child is offered milk and a bottle of water is always available.
Our after school club operates from 3.00 to 5.00pm. We can collect children from Bures school and after school clubs.

Two Year Old Funding

The government has confirmed sufficient funding for all two year olds living in economically disadvantaged circumstances. The funding covers 15 hours of childcare a week from September 2013. (At present, funding covers 10 hours for 38 weeks starting the term after the child’s 2nd birthday). Families who receive a qualifying benefit are eligible to receive this funding. Please contact us for further information regarding eligibility criteria.

Fees are invoiced on a half-term basis, payable in advance. Payment by BACS is preferred, although employers’ childcare vouchers are accepted. A copy of the Payment Policy will be provided in the welcome pack.

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Noah’s Ark Nursery Group
Bures Community Centre
Nayland Road
Suffolk CO8 5BX

Tel: 01787 227 899
Mobile: 07932 504 450

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