We’re delighted to announce that the Department for Education has approved funding for the creation of a new nursery for children 2-5 at Ark Oval. The nursery will be called Ark Start and we will open to children in January 2021. It will be open from 8am – 6pm, all year round.


You can find out more about the nursery at www.arkstart.org.uk 


A new nursery for East Croydon


“I’m Lydia Cuddy-Gibbs, Ark’s Head of Early Years. As a mother of a three-year-old myself, I am really excited to be opening a nursery at Ark Oval. I am a qualified teacher and an early years specialist, so I know that the quality of care a child receives in his or her earliest years is key to helping them grow up happy and secure. I will be working closely with the team at Ark Oval to help create a great new nursery for this community.”

Our aim is to build a loving, caring environment for every child. A home from home in which children are educated through fun and play. Our approach centres around child-initiated play and story-telling – while following The Department for Education’s framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS), so you can feel confident that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards. We are also committed to ensuring our children experience the full wonder of the world – through outdoor play as well as visits to different parts of our community.

Come and find out more at one of our open days

Open days have been postponed while schools are closed. Please register your interest at www.arkstart.org.uk and we will ring you back to discuss in more detail. Email and telephone details are below.

A new building

Our plan is to build the new nursery at the corner of the current Ark Oval site, with its own, separate entrance on Oval Road. The new building is being designed to be welcoming and child-friendly, with dedicated areas in each room to enable messy play, quiet time and space to talk and eat together at lunchtime and snack time. There will also be a dedicated outdoor area where children will be able to play freely and explore the outdoors.

We are very lucky to have the Ark Oval meadow outdoor space at our disposal as well, which we are working with the school to develop further. This will give our children access to a wide variety of activities including growing plants, running races and climbing trees. Over time, we hope we will be able to keep chickens and there has been talk of goats!

You can find more information on the proposal, including artist renditions here:  PDF icon 191119_Public Engagement Boards.pdf

If you have questions or would like more information, email us at: Ark.Start@arkonline.org or call us on 0203 116 6338