New Ark Play Association


Name New Ark Play Association
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 May 2013
Address New Ark Adventure Playground, Hill Close, Reeves Way, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5LZ
Phone Number 01733 340 605
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed

Information about the setting

New Ark Play Association was registered in 1981. It is on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. It is situated in a purpose built premises in Peterborough, and is managed by a voluntary committee. The playgroup serves the local area and is accessible to all children. It operates from one main playroom and the eco centre, children also access the city farm onsite. There is a fully enclosed area available for outdoor play. The playgroup employs 17 members of childcare staff. Of these, 14 hold appropriate early years qualifications to at least level 2. One member of staff has Qualified Teacher Status. The playgroup opens on Monday to Friday during school term times. Sessions are from 9am until 12 noon and 12.30pm until 3pm. Children are able to attend for a variety of sessions and have the opportunity to stay for a full day, bringing lunch with them. The association also offers care to children aged over five years to 16 years. This is open each weekday after school until 6pm. During the school holidays, the open access scheme is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6pm. Children attend for a variety of sessions. There are currently 90 children attending. The playgroup provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children. It supports children who speak English as an additional language and children with special needs and/or disabilities. What the setting needs to do to improve further To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should: continue to monitor and embed new systems to track and record children’s progress, to ensure that assessments continue to be sharply focussed and children continue to maintain the very highest levels of achievements.