Our History


Abacus Ark is the product of three generations. It began in 1971 in a small room attached to a Church in Harley Street and was started by Angela Carrington. Angela spent most of her childhood growing up and playing on the bomb damaged streets of London in the late 1940’s. 

After having three children and finding herself in need of a profession, she opened a small Nursery where she found herself inundated with interest from local families. At the age of 17, one of her daughters, Laura, decided that she wanted to begin working alongside her Mother and in 1981, both Angela and Laura’s passion for early years education led them to open The Toddlers Inn Nursery School in St. John’s Wood, North West London. Sadly in 1987, due to ill health, Angela had to take more of a back seat leaving Laura to continue building the Nursery. Now at the helm and with her passion for children’s education, Laura was driven to continually improve and expand upon her systems and practices, enabling her to create an approach that focuses on each child being ready to take on their new challenges at the end of their stay at the nursery. During her first year of opening Toddlers Inn in St. John’s Wood, Laura was delighted to give birth to her own son, Anthony. Of course, her son attended the Toddlers Inn Nursery School and after a successful time at a local school Anthony went on to the University of Durham where he gained both a bachelors and masters in Mathematics before beginning a successful career in finance. 

During a spell of volunteering at Toddlers Inn, Anthony made the decision to leave his career in order to begin Abacus Ark with his Mother, the idea being to expand upon what he considered a special way of educating children but at the same time providing wrap-around hours for parents who need the extra care but don’t want to sacrifice their child’s early years development.

You’ll now see both Laura and Anthony enjoying working alongside one another (most of the time!) each day, ensuring the original curriculum is being delivered to children across their nurseries.