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The Ark is open all year round except Bank Holidays, one week at the end of August and one week over Christmas.


We arrange our waiting list in order of date of the application received for each year group. We are flexible about attendance patterns; however we do recommend children start with a minimum of two sessions a week.

We do not take bookings more than nine months in advance of commencement, unless there is no availability until later.

To secure a childcare place we ask parents to pay a deposit of 50% of four weeks fees when booking.
This deposit is refundable when your child leaves The Ark, but not if you do not take up the place you have booked. (Please see our Admissions Policy for further info)
Fees are payable monthly, in advance, and we request one month’s notice for any reduction of hours or cancellation of childcare place.