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Ark Start

Our growing early years network offering high quality, affordable care and firm educational foundations for the youngest children.
Children learn as they play at Ark Start John Archer in south west London

So much more than childcare

We launched Ark Start because we can’t achieve our ambitions for every child without solving the inequity that exists in the early years. Through Ark Start, we campaign for quality early years education and long-term funding solutions, so that all children benefit from firm educational foundations.

Ark Start is  our growing nursery network providing high quality, affordable childcare to families. The programme has been designed by a group of qualified teachers committed to ensuring every child has a joyful, engaging and secure nursery experience, so that they start primary school happily and confidently. 

When children come to us from Ark Start, I know they’ve had a solid grounding. They know the relationship between adult and child. They know that school is all about learning and sharing your work with your teacher, because they’ve had that time at Ark Start where their moments are cherished and celebrated. Verbally, they’re so much more confident with sharing their opinions, sharing their needs. Instantly you can tell the difference.

Reception teacher | Ark John Archer Primary Academy

Ark Start helps parents to engage with their children’s nursery experience, and to access the wider support and services they need. As part of a coalition of individuals and organisations focused on ensuring children get the best start in life, Ark Start also seeks to shape wider policy and funding decisions on early years provision.

Want to invest in early years education?

Find out more about how you can support our work through Ark Start.