Our aim at Rainbows Pre-school is to enhance the development & education of all children whilst they begin their progression through the foundation Stages. They will have the opportunities in Learning through play whilst we work within the Early Learning Goals. We aim to do this in a safe, fun, happy & stimulating environment. We will ensure all children & their families have equal opportunities.

Rainbows Pre-school is registered by the Early Years Ofsted, under the Terms of the Children’s Act 2006. Ofsted Inspections are carried out at appropriate intervals. It is organised and managed by Lynn Hooper, Sarah Guy & Sarah Carline in consultation with the staff and liaison with parents/carers.

Lynn Hooper, Sarah Guy & Sarah Carline all hold the Diploma’s in Preschool Practice (Lynn) & Level 3 in Early Years Education (Sarah & Sarah) They are Level 4 certified in Safeguarding & Paediatric First Aid.

Children from the age of 2 years 6 months are welcome.

The Pre-School meets:

Monday –Friday 8.30 – 4pm. Sessional & Full day care available.

Morning sessions 8.30 or 9.15 – 12.15 or 1.15

Afternoon sessions 12.15 – 3.15 or 4pm.


Rainbows Pre-school offers a curriculum in conjunction with the guidelines set out by the DfES (Department for Education & Skills) & the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Working through the Development Matters guidance towards the Foundation Stage. Starting with the

‘Prime’ areas before moving onto the ‘Specific’ areas ensuring effective learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Prime area)

Personal, Social & Emotional Development is critical for very young children in all aspects of their lives & gives them the best opportunities  success in all other areas of learning.

Children are encouraged to develop independence, confidence and self-respect within a nurturing environment. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others.

Physical Development (Prime area)

Physical development is about improving skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation & movement. It helps children gain confidence in what they can do & enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy & active.

A range of equipment allows children to develop confidence

and enjoyment in the development of their own body skills.

Adult supervision enables children safely to create & meet

physical challenges, developing increasing control and skill in moving, climbing & balancing. Children are also encouraged to develop their fine motor skills by the use of small tools including pens & pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control & precision.

Communication and language (Prime area)

Communication and Language depend on learning & being competent in a number of key skills together with having confidence, opportunity, encouragement, support & disposition to use them.

Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes in both small and large groups.

Literacy (Specific area)

Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books! The ability to handle books and to be aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.

Understanding of the World (Specific area)

In Understanding of the World children are developing crucial knowledge, skills & understanding that help them make sense of their world. Thus giving them the foundation for later work in humanities, technology & ICT.

Children are encouraged to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognizing differences, patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Adults encourage the children to discuss their discoveries and to ask questions about the world around them.  We visit the nearby woods gaining knowledge of our surroundings. A range of equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate, to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.

Expressive Arts and Design (Specific area)

Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning & another, so extend their understanding.

A wide range of resources are available to allow children the opportunity to express their own ideas, feelings & experiences. Art equipment, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural & discarded resources, provides for open-ended exploration of colour, shape & texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing & collage. Children join in with and respond to music & stories, there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both individually and as part of a group.

Physical Development (Prime area)

Mathematical development depends on becoming confident & competent in learning and using key skills.

By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the matching, sorting, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture- books help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.


 Pre-school Managers :-

Lynn, Sarah or Sarah Mobile 07915 968011

Pre-school Practitioners:-

Debbie Schools, Sam Eades, Laura Ralph, Anna Robinson, Lisa Long, Vicki Ryves

In keeping within the lines of the DfEE guidelines all our staff receives appropriate training and are encouraged to attend courses available to them. All certificates obtained from training are on display in the pre-school. We are all Paediatric First Aiders.


Mums, Dads, Grandparents & Carers are very welcome to stay and play with the children and a rota is available on the notice board for anyone who may wishes to do so. You may like to offer help in other ways (help with photocopying, organising fund raising events, preparing activities, suggesting activities, etc). New ideas are always welcome.


Every child in the group is allocated a member of staff (keyperson) which can make settling into the group that much easier. Parents/carers are able to liaise with the keyperson about their child’s progress during normal sessions.

Children’s Learning Journal

We currently use ‘Tapestry’ the online learning journal to record your child’s progress this also allows you to contribute towards your child’s journey. We welcome your comments. We will require your signed consent before setting this up.


It is the Pre-school policy that no child will be released into the care of any person other than the parent/carer unless written authorisation has been received. All accidents are recorded in an accident book and parents/carers will be asked to sign it. If your child has any injury or bruise prior to a session, please inform a member of staff in order for us to make an entry in the incident book to the effect that the injury occurred before the session.

No parents/visitors mobile phones may be used within our setting.


We ask that you do not bring your child to pre-school if they have been suffering from sickness or diarrhoea in the 48 hours leading up to a session, or if they have contracted a contagious disease.


When accepting a place for your child an administration fee of £25.00 is payable. There is a non refundable deposit payable on application, this amount will be deducted from the administration fee already mentioned above.

A termly fee of £15 (£45.00 per year) per child, will also be charged, equating to £1.18 per week over a 38 week school year. This helps to cover the cost of things like Tapestry, consumables and to pay for extra curricular activities i,e, music & dance sessions, Jon the PE Coach etc.

Fees are payable in advance on a half-termly basis although alternative arrangements can be made by consultation with the playleaders if you find this difficult. Payment can be made by either BACS or cash. The current fee for £6.75 per hour (£20.25 per 3hr session)

We receive grant funding for 3 – 4 year old children in the term after their 3rd birthday. We are also registered for 30 hour childcare. We are unable to offer the full 30 hours.

We can also obtain funding for some eligible children aged from 2 years 6 months.

Fees and Grants ensure that your child’s place at Rainbows is secure therefore non-attendance due to sickness or holidays are payable as normal.

One months notice in writing must be given if you wish to relinquish your place for any reason apart from starting school.

If you receive Working Tax Credits you may be able to get help towards the cost of child care. For further details contact 0845 300 3900 or visit Alternatively visit for information on childcare


All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for the children and families in the pre-school. The policies are reviewed on a regular basis and comments and suggestions from parents/carers are always welcome. All policies are on view and copies are available from the pre-school leaders.


A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play properly, so it is important for parents and staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes a little longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.


Milk or water is provided at each session together with a snack of a toast, breadsticks and fruit. Parents are asked to provide one piece of fruit per week.


Lunch in NAMED lunch boxes need to be provided by you if your child stays for lunch. Advice on healthy eating can be obtained from the pre-school.


It is advisable to send children dressed in clothes that are easily washable and not new as activities include various kinds of materials including messy ones. Rainbows logo Sweatshirts &
T Shirts are available to purchase.

It is good for children to practice the skills, which make them independent. Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to and to put on or take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependant on other people’s help. Soft-shoes or plimsolls are to be provided for use within the playroom area. Although spare clothing is available for the occasional accident you may like to bring a spare set of clothing in a separate bag with your child’s name on. Please refer to the list we require you to provide for your child.

It would be most helpful if all coats, bags, and shoes were labelled.


It would be most helpful to us if you could inform us of any changes at home that may affect your child’s usual behaviour. This may range from mum or dad working away from home to more serious situations i.e. divorce or bereavement. We know these issues may be difficult to discuss but be assured we will assist you in any way we can. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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