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Ripley CourtSchool

The Ark Nursery

Ripley Court offers a splendid teaching nursery, where children are welcomed on or about their third birthday. The majority of children start their Ripley Court journey here, and have the  advantage of being an integral part of a school where the children are able to use the facilities and specialist teaching of the whole school. This means that they get, as part of their normal curriculum, Ripley Rangers Forest School, swimming, dance, music and French.

The week is divided up into ten sessions, and parents are billed pro-rata. Children children may start with three sessions in the first term, building up to five sessions in their second term with us. We then encourage children in Transition to move towards a full-time pattern before they join Reception. Wrap-around care from 8.00am to 5.30pm is also available.

They follow the Foundation guidelines for development in Personal, Social and Emotional development; Communication, language and literacy; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Mathematical development; Creative thinking and development and Physical development.

We do not push children too early into reading and writing – but they do take their first steps here and some pick up on the phonics quickly and early.

Although they are part time, in fact many move quickly onto a full-time basis, and many parents do take advantage of Court Jesters, where children are looked after until 5.30pm.

We accept 15 hours nursery vouchers and childcare vouchers.

We have recently introduced Free Taster Sessions in The Ark Nursery. These will be held every first and third Tuesday morning of the month during term time from 9:15-10:15am. Come along from January 2020. For further information please call our Registrar, Mrs Gray, via 01483 225217 or email

The Ark Nursery Taster Session


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"I've been constantly amazed by the variety and quality of the activities that have been going on. Mrs Michaels is clearly doing a fantastic job as head and we'll be sad to be moving on from the Ark."

“The nursery at RCS is truly amazing”