Parents' Zone

Woolpit ARC

Offering good quality, affordable childcare

Parents' Zone




Term Dates


Please see our Term Dates Page



Pre-School Online Learning Journals


You can view your child's progress via the Tapestry Online Learning Journal.

(Email and password required). Jackie & Sara will set this up when your child joins

the ARC.



Special Educational Needs & Disabilities


To find out more about how we provide for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities please read our 'SEND' page.



Support/Fundraising Committee News


Please remember to come along to our next meeting if you can. We still need parents, grandparents, friends to come forward and help get us up and running again. It is not a lifelong commitment and can be fun and rewarding. Without fundraising the ARC really would struggle to survive



Support/Fundraising Committee Meetings


Everyone Welcome. Usually held in Woolpit Bull every 6 - 8 weeks. Next meeting date to be confirmed. If you can’t make the meetings but would like to know more please ask Sarah or Jackie



Our Ethos


We follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage and we are glad that at the heart of these guidelines is a philosophy that we have always followed, that children learn through play. Our aim is to provide excellent childcare in a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment; where the children feel valued as part

of, and able to contribute positively to, the ARC and the wider community in which they live.


What your child will experience whist in our care can be magical! We have role play areas where children become princesses, fire fighters and knights! We use the school field where we have adventures as pirates looking for our treasure! We sing, we dance and sometimes we get messy, playing with paints, water, playdough and flour (so it’s best to send us in old clothes!)


We pride ourselves in the fact that our sessions are child led. Children are allowed to choose which activities they want to do and are able to take as much time as they need for each activity. If a child expresses a particular interest, we are able to make up activities around that interest on the spot


“Being at the Arc is good, I like making tracks with the toy tractors in the flour” 

  Dylan, age 4



Woolpit ARC Vision Statement


To provide a childcare centre that is not just very good, but excellent


Where the children who come here have the care, fun and education that they need, provided by staff who are well trained and who have the imagination and ability

to give over and above the service expected


Where family and friends can play a part in the service we provide and excellent partnership working is in place with Woolpit school


Where the staff are fully involved in the day-to-day running of the childcare centre and work together as a team, understand that all have strengths and weaknesses and that all have value and worth


Where staff behave in a manner that brings nothing less than credit to themselves

and the centre and where they will not compromise with ‘all right’ in the care they give, or in their behaviour towards colleagues


Where children love to come and staff feel that we are the best place to work

and develop


We want outside agencies, childcare centres, local authorities and staff in the childcare sector to see the Woolpit ARC as a benchmark to which they aspire bothas a childcare centre and employer





Woolpit Arc was established as a Play Group in Woolpit Village Hall and then in the Woolpit Institute


In 2007 we opened the wonderful purpose built play centre that you can see today

in the grounds of Woolpit Primary School


“We are very proud of the Arc, our building is modern, well equipped and provides

 a fun and cosy place for the children to play and learn”

 Louise Everett, (Former Director)





Woolpit Arc is managed by Jackie and Sarah, who work alongside a dedicated and highly experienced team of play assistants


All our staff are qualified and most importantly, they are a lively, friendly and fun bunch of people!


“The children are like our extended family and the Arc is like a

 second home to them”

 Jane, Play Leader





Some of our Policies are now currently available online.


All of our policies are available from the ARC. Please do not hesitate to contact

Jackie or Sarah if you would like a copy of a particular policy


Please remember, we operate an Open Door Policy at the ARC and welcome your

views and opinions.


We are always happy to answer your questions and discuss any concerns





Funded Children are entitled to some FREE sessions


All 3 and 4 year olds (and some 2yr olds) in England are entitled to 15 hours of free Early Years Education each week for 38 weeks of the year. This begins the term after the child's 3rd birthday.


Some 3 and 4yr olds are entitled to 30hrs per week free Early Years Education,  from the term after they are three, if their parents are working (conditions apply). Please ask if you think you may be eligible.


Some 2yr olds are entitled to funding the term after they are two (conditions apply). Please ask if you think you may be eligible.


From the first term that your child is eligible for this free childcare, we will need to see his or her birth certificate as evidence of age, and you will need to complete and sign an application for the free childcare. Then, every term from this point we will just need you to sign a renewal form.



'Stretched Funding'


We can work with parents to take up a pattern of hours which "stretches" their child's entitlement, for example by taking fewer free hours a week, over more weeks of the year. If not all 15 hours are taken each week in term time they can sometimes be used during Holiday Club. Please see Jackie for more details.


From the first term that your child is eligible for this free childcare, we will need to see his or her birth certificate as evidence of age, and you will need to complete and sign an application for the free childcare. Then, every term from this point we will just need you to sign a renewal form


Please note, that when your child starts school, if he or she is on a part time basis,

the free child care sessions are automatically transferred over to the school


If you are not using funded sessions, such as Breakfast Club, Lunch Club etc, then

you may be entitled to receive help towards fees via the Child Tax Credit. For more information phone their help line on 0845 300 3900 (8am-8pm) or visit


We also accept some Childcare Voucher Schemes, so please speak to either Jackie Grant or Sarah Barlow if you would like more information regarding childcare vouchers or wish to pay using one of these schemes



Fundraising Committee


A small group of parents help to organise fundraising events and promote the ARC.

We meet every 6-8 weeks to discuss fundraising and marketing ideas, to feedback to the ARC about its services, and just to have a chance for a cup of tea (or something stronger) and a chat!


It is a good way to get involved and new members are always welcome.

If you are interested in coming along to our next meeting, then please do! We would love to meet some new faces and make you welcome. It’s not a lifetime commitment, and we don’t bite!




Directors Committee


A team of volunteer Directors run the business side of the ARC. Directors are elected each year at our AGM. If you are interested in finding out more about the Directors Committee, or Fundraising Committee, and/or would like to come to one of our meetings, then please get in touch with us: email