About Rainbow Preschool Nursery

Rainbow Pre-school Nursery was established in 1962. We are registered with the Charity Commission as a CIO (No. 1189426) and operate as an independent organisation offering high quality care and education.

We are registered by Ofsted.  We offer a flexible choice of Early Drop Off, morning, lunchtime and afternoon sessions. As a pre-school we follow local school term dates and are closed during school holidays.

We cater for children from two to five years of age (although places for 2 year olds are limited). Our aim is to create a stimulating and secure environment where children can choose from a mixture of independently selected and teacher led activities.

Our staff are highly experienced and well qualified to ensure that carefully planned activities support the growth and development of children at this important time of their lives. Our manager has an Honours degree in English, as well as an Early Years degree. We employ a qualified Early Years teacher as Curriculum Leader,  and the remainder of the staff are also highly qualified, all to Level 3 or above.

Rainbow Pre-school Nursery operates a key person system, where your child will be assigned to a particular member of staff. The key person has special responsibility for working with your child and talking to parents to ensure the needs of your child are being met appropriately.

We receive Free Early Education Entitlement funding (15 or 30 hours per week) for eligible 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds, please ask about eligibility for your child, and are therefore regularly inspected by Ofsted (URN 305261). This requires us to provide a curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation stage.

The Early Years Foundation Stage lays secure foundations for our children's future and is split into seven areas, three prime and four specific areas of learning and development.


“Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.”

“Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.”

“Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.”


“Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.”

“Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.”

“Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.”

“Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.”




Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.(DfE 2012)