Noah's Ark Playschool, Harpenden

Noah’s Ark Pre-school Playgroup has an excellent reputation. If you are interested in sending your child, why not give Denise a ring and arrange a visit.  We have excellent parking facilities.

Please note that we are in the process of updating the information on this website as we have had to make changes to timings and fees. So some of the information here may not be bang up to date - if you have any questions please email Denise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Our Aim

  • To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent-involving community based group.
  • To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment
  • To teach the children basic Christian values

We offer your child

  • A specially tailored curriculum leading to approved learning goals
  • We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and are registered through Ofsted.
  • Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children
  • Fun and friendship with children and adults
  • The support of a personal keyworker
  • Our facilities in pictures

Special Needs

Children with special needs, like all other children, are admitted to Noah’s Ark after consultation with parents and Playschool leaders.


Our staff are highly trained in child care or have relevant background knowledge. All are first aiders.

Session Times

  • We meet Monday-Friday 9.15 a.m. - 1 p.m. in term time only
  • Children bring a packed lunch each morning
  • A signing in and out book is used daily for extra safety
  • We offer parents to stay in the first week of term for half an hour to have tea and coffee. This is in the church so we can come over and let them know how their children are settling in.
  • We have early starts from 9.00am, Tuesday - Friday.



Noah’s Ark Playschool is registered with Ofsted for children from the age of 2.  Children can start after their second birthday depending on availability. There is a requirement for children to a attend a  minimum of 2 sessions up to 5 sessions depending on availability. We encourage the use of toilets as our facilities include child sized toilets: staff will assist them in using the toilet facilities. With regards to toileting, we do change nappies and parents need to supply nappies, wipes and change of clothes in a zipped or drawstring bag (no carrier bags).

Play Facilities

We have extensive outside play areas with tarmac for the winter months and a grassy area for the summer months. The children are encouraged to play outside each day, weather permitting.

What to wear

In order to feel free to enjoy and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send your children dressed in clothes that are easily washable or not too new.

Key Workers and Record Keeping

Our key worker system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for their children. In addition, the key worker is in a position to tailor the group’s curriculum to the unique needs of each individual child.

We are able to implement an excellent record keeping system in which observations of the children in the group and at home are used as a basis for drawing up a curriculum for each child.


All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for the children and families in the group. Our policies are reviewed annually and comments and suggestions from parents are always welcome. A copy of our policies are in a folder in the main room.


We focus on a theme and also concentrate on a letter and a number each week.

Parental Involvement

We encourage parents to be involved at Playschool by having a rota for parents to help during sessions.

Special Events

  • Children’s birthdays are celebrated.
  • We celebrate Harvest and Easter.
  • At Christmas, the children take part in a Nativity play.
  • Teddy Bears Picnic at the end of the year.
  • Day out to Stockwood Park in the summer.
  • Parent Lunch
  • Mothers Day card making Workshop



We welcome visits to Noah’s Ark. So that you are given maximum time, please contact Denise to arrange a convenient time.

Find out more

 We are affiliated to Crabtree Church, Harpenden - for further details see the Crabtree Church website.

“Teach a child how he should live and he will remember it all his life” Proverbs 22 verse 6

Crabtree Church, Crabtree Lane,
Tel. 01582 469308/ 07984 554536

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Playschool Leader
Mrs Denise Shaw