Ark Nursery

The nursery first opened in 1992. It is situated on the top floor of St Martin’s Centre in Stonydelph (on the outskirts of Tamworth) by Ellerbeck shopping centre. The nursery is run by a voluntary Management Committee which is made up of members of St Martin’s congregation and nursery parents.

The nursery employs a Supervisor to oversee the day to day running of the nursery. The nursery also employs four fully qualified nursery nurses, a nursery cook and a cleaner. All staff attend regular training sessions to develop and maintain their learning and understanding of your child’s needs.

We are a small and friendly nursery where each child is treated as an individual and will be learning in a safe, secure, caring and stimulating environment.
It is a safe, clean and nurturing environment designed to encourage your child to develop.
Children are cared for by qualified, friendly and committed staff. We cater for children between the ages of 2 and a half to 5 years. The children have use of a secure enclosed outdoor play area with colourful safety flooring. Nappy changing facilities are provided.


Opening times

Monday to Friday 9:15am – 3:30pm (term time).

The nursery is registered with OFSTED (see for inspection reports.)

Flexible sessions and fresh cooked lunches are available.

Places currently available. 15 hours funded care available for 3yrs+ children (see ‘funding below’).



The nursery provides a stimulating, welcoming and clean environment to help build your child’s foundation to learning, offering them the best start in their education ready for when the begin school.
The nursery follows the curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Throughout the day there are structured and free flow activities to help your child develop.


  • Main pre-school room with nappy changing facility available
  • Safe, secure outdoor area
  • Large sports hall
  • Nursery also has access to the church for special events such as Nativity Play and Easter Bonnet Parade

The nursery offers 20 places per session, with a variety of flexible sessions available.

Session Times Morning – 9.15am-11.45am Lunch Club – 11.45am-1.00pm Afternoon – 1.00pm-3.30pm Full Day – 9.15am-3.30pm

Lunch Club

At the nursery fully cooked meals are provided during lunch club.

Example Menu.
Monday – Pizza with pasta in tomato sauce, Fruit Crumble and custard
Tuesday – Quiche, potatoes and salad, Jelly, fruit and ice cream
Wednesday – Lamb Casserole with potatoes and vegetables, Egg Custard
Thursday – Chicken risotto with mixed vegetables, Baked apple with sultanas, raisins and custard
Friday – Fish Fingers, potatoes and peas, Rice pudding

If your child has a specific dietary requirement then an alternative meal will be offered.
Menus are rotated on a four weekly basis.


Children aged 3 years and above are entitled to the NEG (Nursery Education Grant) funding the term after their 3rd birthday. See chart for eligibility.

Third Birthday in:


Spring Term (1st January to 31st March)

Following Summer Term (from April)

Summer Term (1st April to 31st August)

Following Autumn Term (from September)

Autumn Term (1st September to 31st December)

Following Spring Term (from January)


Fourth Birthday in:


Spring Term (1st January to 31st March)

Following Summer Term (from April)

Summer Term (1st April to 31st August)

Following Autumn Term (from September)

Autumn Term (1st September to 31st December)

Following Spring Term (from January)

At the Ark Nursery children can access 15 hours of funded care, this can be used towards care during lunch club.
For more information please contact the nursery.

Stay and Play

The nursery provides a parent and child session where you can come along and meet other parents and children. This is run by volunteer parents who have links with the nursery, it is 50p per session and refreshments are available.
The session runs every week on Tuesday’s 9.30am-11.15am.

Friends of the Ark

The nursery offers a group for parents to join to help support the nursery by fundraising. The group also gives opportunity for parents to meet other parents and to become more involved within the nursery. A member of staff oversees the group and arranges regular meetings to discuss any issues.

Management Committee

The Committee are responsible for the overall nursery and is made up by members of the church and parents of the nursery. The Committee includes parents’ representatives appointed by the annual meeting.

For further information please speak to Mrs Egan or Mr Dave Judge.


For more information or to arrange a visit please contact:

Mrs Egan Tel: 01827 897993 The Ark Nursery,

St.Martin’s Centre,




B77 4JA


Supervisor: Mrs M. Egan

Registered Person: Mr Dave Judge

Chair of Management Committee: Mr Steve Jones

Oversight: The Ark Nursery Committee

Number of other staff: 7

Owner: St.Martin’s Centre, Stonydelph

Local Authority: Staffordshire

Registered as: Sessional Day Nursery (Private)

Total Places for Children: 20

Age Range: from 2.3 years to 5 years

Opened: 1992

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 8:00-17:45

When Closed: Weekends, Bank Holidays and School Holidays

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Sunday Mornings

Whether you have been following Jesus for years or are just interested in finding out more, you are welcome to join us on a Sunday morning. There is room for everyone in God’s Family whatever your age or background. We believe everyone is loved and valued by God and so seek to be welcoming to all.

We meet at 10am and the service lasts between an hour and an hour and twenty minutes. The services vary each week…

All Age Worship (1st Sunday of the month)
This is a lively service where all ages join together for an hour of activities, Bible story and songs!

Holy Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays)
This is a more formal service where we use bread and wine to remember God’s love for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. There are groups for children and young people during the service.

Morning Praise (3rd Sunday)
This is a fairly informal service with time to pray, plenty of praise songs and a talk on part of the Bible. There are groups for children and young people during the service. Sometimes this service is led by one of our Fellowship Groups.

Renewal & Healing (5th Sunday)
This is an informal service where there is an emphasis on seeking God’s presence and praying for God to powerfully touch and transform our lives. There is a group for children and young people during the service.

After each service we spend time together over a tea and coffee in the lower hall. Cakes are also on sale, with money raised going to charity.