Childcare

For today's parents

We provide plenty of feedback so that you know your child is both receiving the highest standards of quality childcare and having fun at the same time.

About us

Situated in the countryside at Ark we are committed in providing quality early education and childcare in our home from home like provision.

From our Baby Room to our Out of School Care we have qualified, dedicated practitioners that aim to provide your child with the chance to develop and grow by innovative practice.

We are open from 7am until 6.30pm closing only on 25th and 26th December and the 1st and 2nd of January and offer an integrated and flexible package that caters for children of all ages.

Whilst your child is with us, you can have the confidence that they are in the best care.

Ark’s Vision and Aims

We provide flexible childcare to the highest quality keeping in the guidelines of the National Care Standards.

At Ark Childcare we provide an enabling attitude and we believe in each child’s potential. We provide a service, which will develop individuals positive views on themselves and to ensure trusting and secure relationships are formed.

We offer a safe, nurturing, fun and challenging environment where children can develop at their own pace through stimulating play and support from skilled practitioners and to encourage children to be: Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors, Responsible Citizens and Successful Learners.

First Steps

We employ Early Level Curriculum for our 3-5 aged children offering funded places on behalf of the moray council.

Growing Happy Healthy Children

We strive to Getting it Right for Every Child and also utilise our everyday practice to reflect upon the Health and Wellbeing indicators – Safe, Healthy, Nurtured, Active, Respect, Responsible and Included.

Within our baby room we provide care for children from 6 weeks. We follow their care plan needs to ensure their routine is as much and such the same as their home routine to support their development. Each child is allocated with a key worker and their learning journey is documented within the Pre-Birth to Three and Building the Ambition guidelines. This is kept in a folio, which moves through the nursery with them. Various age and stage activities are planned weekly to ensure your baby is getting the best possible start in life. Our daily face-to-face handovers ensure we are providing the best care for your baby.

See Baby Room Fees

Within our 2-3 Room the children have the opportunity to play and have fun as the practitioners provide a stimulating environment, which is rich in learning opportunities. Having access directly to the outdoors children can choose to play inside or out. We care and cater for each child’s learning stage and offer a keyworker to observe and track each developmental milestone within their learning journey following in the guidelines of the Pre-Birth to Three guidelines. Daily liaising with parents allows the practitioners to ensure the quality of care we are providing to each individual child’s needs are being met.

See 2-3 Room Fees

Within our Preschool we are committed in providing a high quality and stimulating learning environment. Helping prepare your child for school through the experiences and outcomes of the early level curriculum.

Your child’s learning journey is observed by our skilled practitioners and documented by their keyworker.

The children have direct access to the outdoors offering free flow play.
The children have weekly trips to the woods to participate in our Forrest School, encouraging children to risk assess their own play and experience the world around us.
We work in partnership with Alves Primary School offering your child as smooth a transition as possible in starting school.

See Early Level Fees

We collect children from all schools in Elgin including Alves and Mosstowie.

Our Out of School Care facilities provides school aged children with a TV, Xbox and various other activities. We have an outdoor area where the children can let of some energy after tea equipped with swings, climbing frames and loose parts. The pick up from school and tea is included in the price.

During the holidays we provide the children with a fun filled programme to keep them occupied and entertained, you can continue to work with confidence knowing your child will be receiving the same quality of care they have always had from Ark.

See Out of School Fees

Our fully equipped kitchen leads to a large dining room where the children can enjoy freshly cooked hot meals daily and their snacks prepared by our full time chef.

Within our baby room we provide care for children from 6 weeks. We follow their care plan needs to ensure their routine is as much and such the same as their home routine to support their development.

Each child is allocated with a key worker and their learning journey is documented within the Pre-Birth to Three and Building the Ambition guidelines. This is kept in a folio, which moves through the nursery with them.

Various age and stage activities are planned weekly to ensure your baby is getting the best possible start in life. Our daily face-to-face handovers ensure we are providing the best care for your baby.

See Baby Room Fees

Within our 2-3 Room the children have the opportunity to play and have fun as the practitioners provide a stimulating environment, which is rich in learning opportunities. Having access directly to the outdoors children can choose to play inside or out.

We care and cater for each child’s learning stage and offer a keyworker to observe and track each developmental milestone within their learning journey following in the guidelines of the Pre-Birth to Three guidelines.

Daily liaising with parents allows the practitioners to ensure the quality of care we are providing to each individual child’s needs are being met.

See 2-3 Room Fees

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Within our Preschool we are committed in providing a high quality and stimulating learning environment. Helping prepare your child for school through the experiences and outcomes of the early level curriculum.

Your child’s learning journey is observed by our skilled practitioners and documented by their keyworker.

The children have direct access to the outdoors offering free flow play.
The children have weekly trips to the woods to participate in our Forrest School, encouraging children to risk assess their own play and experience the world around us.
We work in partnership with Alves Primary School offering your child as smooth a transition as possible in starting school.

See Early Level Fees

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We collect children from all schools in Elgin including Alves and Mosstowie.

Our Out of School Care facilities provides school aged children with a TV, Xbox and various other activities. We have an outdoor area where the children can let of some energy after tea equipped with swings, climbing frames and loose parts. The pick up from school and tea is included in the price.

During the holidays we provide the children with a fun filled programme to keep them occupied and entertained, you can continue to work with confidence knowing your child will be receiving the same quality of care they have always had from Ark.

See Out of School Fees

Our fully equipped kitchen leads to a large dining room where the children can enjoy freshly cooked hot meals daily and their snacks prepared by our full time chef.

Improvement Plan

As a nursery we take improvement very seriously and as such the improvement plan for this year includes identified improvements for all of the rooms, written by the staff in the rooms, this allows the parents to identify the improvements being made for their own child or children.

What parents say

Don’t take our word for it. Check what the parents think about our services. It’s them who trust us to look after their kids.

For today's parents

At Ark Childcare we provide  a safe, secure, loving environment in which you will be happy to leave your little ones and where they will blossom into independent, confident learners.

Bookings

Because we know that everybody’s childcare requirements differ, we offer flexibility in the sessions and hours that your child attends.

Within our bookings framework, you can vary your requirements to suit your family life, although in order for your child to settle, we ask that they attend for at least 2 sessions a week on different days.

Please ask for more details of our booking policies. Although we aim to provide care at very short notice, you will need to register your child and make a booking before they can attend their first session.

Calendar & Funding

We have provided below links to Moray Council’s School Holiday. We adhere to the Elgin School Holidays. There is also a link to Moray Council’s information on funding including the latest funding forms.

Ark Childca

Fees made simple

When your children are looked after by Ark, there are no hidden extras. All we ask is that you provide your preferred nappies and wipes for younger children. Everything else is included. We invoice you monthly in advance and fees are payable on the first working day of each month.

0 - 2 years

Early Sessions
Morning Sessions
Afternoon Sessions
Late Sessions
7am – 9am
(Per Half Hour)
£3.05
9am – 1pm
(Lunch and Snack incl.)
£21.50
1pm – 5pm
(Tea and Snack incl.)
£21.50
5pm – 6.30pm
(Per Half Hour)
£3.05

2 - 3 years

Early Sessions
Morning Sessions
Afternoon Sessions
Late Sessions
7am – 9am
(Per Half Hour)
£2.75
9am – 1pm
(Lunch and Snack incl.)
£18.00
1pm – 5pm
(Tea and Snack incl.)
£18.00
5pm – 6.30pm
(Per Half Hour)
£2.75

3 - 5 years

Early Sessions
Morning Sessions
Afternoon Sessions
Late Sessions
7am – 9am
(Per Half Hour)
£2.75
9am – 1pm
(Lunch and Snack incl.)
£18.00

Funded Place
80p For Snack

Day Care
12.10pm – 1pm
£9.50
(Including Lunch)
1pm – 5pm
(Tea and Snack incl.)
£18.00

Funded Place
80p For Snack

Day Care
16.10pm – 5pm
£9.50
(Including Tea)
5pm – 6.30pm
(Per Half Hour)
£2.75

Breakfast, Afterschool and Holiday Club 5 – 14 years

Early Sessions
Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Late Sessions
7am – 9am
(Includes Breakfast
and Transport to School)
£9.95
3pm – 5pm
(Evening Meal and School Pick-up incl.)
£10.50

Holiday Club
9am – 1pm – £12.50
9am – 3pm – £19.50
1pm – 5pm – £12.50
Full Day 9am – 5 pm – £25.00
5pm – 6.30pm
(Per Half Hour)
£2.75

We keep you posted

For all parents we will keep you posted by showing information on upcoming events on the notice board below.

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Next Steps

We know that choosing the right care for your child is of the utmost importance to you. We find that parents want to visit us to view our facilities first hand, chat to us and get a feel for our environment. Please phone to make an appointment, or you can email us, just fill in your details and enquiry opposite.

Email Address

email@arkchildcare.net

Location

Ark Childcare
Woodside Steading
Mosstowie
Elgin - IV30 8UW