Childcare problems?

Do you need childcare all year round?

If you answer, “Yes” to the above questions then look no further than Abbey Ark!

Abbey Ark is open 52 weeks a year from 7.30am-6.00pm and offers Parents/Carers a wide range of sessions to suit your individual needs.

Abbey Ark caters for children from 2-4 years of age. You may be eligible to claim funding for your 2 year old, three year old children can take up their statutory 15 hours funded childcare and in addition you may be eligible to claim an additional  15 hours  of funded childcare.

Parents/Carers have the luxury of booking additional wrap around care sessions which are fee Paying and include breakfast/afternoon tea.

Bourne Abbey Kid’s Club runs alongside Abbey Ark providing childcare sessions for children up to 11 years of age.

Give us a call now to secure your child’s place.

Tel 01778 422163 (term time only) or 07824 994181



At Abbey Ark we strive to promote effective learning and development by providing high quality care and education.

We recognise that children will have had a wide range of experiences and acquired a variety of skills and interest by the time they join us.  Some children will already have attended Kindergarten or spent time with a Childminder, whilst others, starting Abbey Ark will be their first significant amount of time away from a parent.  As a result, children will require varying levels of support and we work hard to ensure that this important time is as happy as possible for each individual.

Our Aims:

  To develop the whole child physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

 To provide a safe, secure, happy and stimulating learning environment where each child feels valued.

 To provide a well planned, resourced and effective curriculum.

 To provide opportunities for all children to develop and succeed in a caring environment.

Most children settle into their new routine, but the first few weeks can be daunting for some time.  When your child is allocated a starting date, only a small group of children will be starting on the same day.  This helps us to give lots of attention and time to each new child in an attempt to ensure that they join us happily and with growing confidence.

Parents/carers often ask what they can do at home to help their child prepare for pree-school...

Teach them to go to the toilet independently.

Help them to know and respond to their own name.

Encourage them to ask for what they need.

Chat with them about people they know, day to day events and home.

Remind them to say please and thank you.

Help them to put on and take off their coat independently.

Provide some opportunities for them to mix with other children.

Play simple games and look at books together.

Encourage them to take care of toys and books.

Abbey Ark and Reception are referred to as the Foundation Stage.  The Abbey Ark and Reception teachers at Bourne Abbey work very closely together to ensure that links between pre-school and main school are strong.  Both these year groups follow the EYFS Curriculum, which consists of seven main areas of learning:

The curriculum is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected and centre around the individual needs of each Unique Child. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language - Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking 
  • Physical Development - Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness, Managing feelings and Behaviour

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy - Reading and Writing 
  • Mathematics - Numbers, Shape, Space and Measure 
  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, The World, Technology 
  • Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative

By attending Abbey Ark we believe you will be providing your child with the best possible start to school life.  We aim to give all children secure foundations on which future learning can build.

Our Outdoor Area is a valuable and exciting learning resource - whatever the weather and we try to use it as often as we can.

For more information about Abbey Ark and an application form, please use the links below.