The Ark Child Okeford

Full day care provision. Fully funded. The Ark seeks to enhance the development and education of children in a parent-involving, community-based group. We offer good quality, affordable childcare and provide a caring, safe, secure and stimulating environment for children


01258 861007


Venue address
Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning St Nicholas C Of E Primary School
Child Okeford
Blandford Forum
DT11 8EL
North Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 08:00-18:00
Tue: 08:00-18:00
Wed: 08:00-18:00
Thu: 08:00-18:00
Fri: 08:00-18:00

Service Details

Vacancy information

Please phone for details.

School pickup
St Nicholas CE VA Primary School : AM/PM
Cost variations
Session times and prices vary depending on age - please enquire for full details.
Additional Information

Provision has an inclusion / equal opportunities policy. Parents can use their Early Education funding entitlement at any time during opening hours. 2 and 3 year old funding available. Please note that a place in a school nursery does not guarantee admission to the school on site. Parents/carers must apply for a place at the school if you want your child to transfer to the school’s reception class. See for more information and to apply.

Age Range
0 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
26/06/2019 Good View here
Ofsted Report notes
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Registration details
Registration numberOfsted registration date

Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Main entrance on level ground and access via ramp to garden entrance.
Parking availability information
Drop off facilities and a disability bay. Parking available out of school hours only - unless disabled.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet, wheelchair accessible toilet, facilities for intimate care for older children with additional needs.
Other Facilities
1 to 1 help. Very spacious Pre-school room. All rooms have adjustable height tables, making activities accessible for those in wheelchairs. Large outside area which is extremely well equipped, again many of which are accessible to children in wheelchairs. Staff in all rooms use Signalong to communicate with children with language difficulties.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities

The Ark prides itself on being a fully inclusive nursery. We aim to offer all children who attend The Ark a safe, fun and stimulating environment where they can learn through play and work towards the EYFS targets. We have a trained SENDCo who attends regular training to keep up to date and staff have training in PEIC-D, PEC’s, Sing a long, CAF. The Ark work closely with outside agencies and professionals such as Portage, Speech and Language and Physiotherapists, all programmes will be carried out in the setting by the SENDCo or Childs key worker. We fully support children with an EHC plan and where required an Individual Plan will be put in place by the SENDCo and Childs key worker and worked towards and reviewed frequently. The Ark is a modern, purpose built setting and is completely accessible for all.

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Address: Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning  St Nicholas C Of E Primary School  Child Okeford  Blandford Forum  Dorset

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