It was 17 years ago when Jo O'Bryan-Tear opened her first nursery in St George's Square, Stamford, then known as St George's Square Nursery. The nursery moved to Foundry Road, next door to St Gilbert's School in 2007 now known as The Ark. In 2011 a second Ark Nursery opened at St George's School, Stamford. This was originally a term time only nursery open during school hours for 2-4 year olds.
In 2017 a bespoke timber framed nursery similar to the original building was built within the grounds of Stamford’s St George’s School. The new nursery has been architecturally designed to provide a relaxed, homely atmosphere with attention to small children's needs very much at heart. We now welcome children from 6 weeks to 5 years old all year round from 7.30am-6.00pm. We also offer before and after school care for primary school children from 7.30am - 8.50am and 3.25pm- 6.00pm.
Like the Ark at St Gilbert’s, the Ark Nursery at St George’s will actively encourage children to spend time outdoors and become familiar with nature. Our new building has a spacious garden covered by a canopy of trees, making it safe for children to play outside even during the height of Summer. The children attending the St George’s nursery will also have the opportunity to visit our 5-acre Forest School in Ketton.
Inspired by the Scandinavian model, Forest Schools have become increasingly popular in the UK over the past 23 years. At the Ark Forest School, children take part in various activities such as building dens, cultivating plants, open-fire cooking, pond-dipping, climbing, and much more. Safety is of paramount importance during visits to the Ark Forest School, which is why there are high ratios of staff to children with qualified Forest School teachers always present.
Parents, grandparents, carers and friends who would like to visit the Ark Nursery at St George’s are welcome to pop in at any time. We’ve started taking registrations for the new nursery, so if you would like more information, please call us on 01780 723141 and ask to speak to Fiona Warren or Jo O’Bryan-Tear.