Today on Bishopston Mum is a local parent’s review of Noah’s Ark Preschool which is held at Cairns Road Baptist Church in Westbury Park.
Noah’s Ark Preschool is for children aged 2 – 5 and is open in term-time from Monday to Friday throughout the week on both mornings and afternoons.
Please read on to find out more…
How old are your children and how long have they been at Noah’s Ark?
I have four children and each of them have attended Noah’s Ark. At the moment I have a preschooler at Noah’s Ark and my youngest is in the toddler room.
My preschooler is one of the oldest as he is a September boy and started when he was two years old. This is his third year at Noah’s Ark and he absolutely loves it.
Why did you choose this particular pre-school for your child?
I chose Noah’s Ark as I loved the feel of the preschool. It felt very open and the children are allowed to play outside throughout the day. Having boys I felt they would love having access to the outside throughout the day.
The staff were also very welcoming. It was also important for me that the children would learn about Christian beliefs and have a connection with the church.
How did staff manage your child’s settling-in process?
With all of my children, the staff have been fantastic. Each of my boys have been different and have needed different levels of support.
Each child has a key-worker but I find that all members of the preschool team are there to support and help on separation and with any problems that arise.
What do you like best about Noah’s Ark?
I find the preschool to be a very loving, caring and fun environment for my boys. There are always tasks or topics set out for the children to enjoy and my boys have always been very happy to go to preschool.
What do you like least?
What kind of activities are on offer?
There is always a theme to each week, dinosaurs, autumn, birds and nesting, mark making and stories and activities are set out in each room. Children have access to water play, sand play, bikes and balls, a garden and making mud pie which is always one of my boys favourites.
There is also a forest school experience for the preschoolers in their final year before school where the children go to woods for one morning each week.
What do you think of the staff?
I love the staff. They are all very caring and loving. Each day I drop my children off, we are made to feel very welcome and it almost has a family loving environment.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
My husband and I are both really happy with our choice of preschool for our children. Each one of them has blossomed at Noah’s Ark and moved on to school very successfully.
Noah’s Ark offers so much more than just a preschool, they make the extra effort to include the parents and families in multicultural celebrations throughout the year and I love that the children are learning so much more that what I could offer at home.
We try to get involved as much as possible as a family with Christmas, Easter and other celebrations at Cairns Road church too.