Your Child at Rainbow
The main nursery is divided into three age bands, Baby Nursery (0-24 months), Day Nursery (24-36 months), and the Preschool (36 months to Primary School age). Click on each for more specific details about how that part of the nursery operates. We also operate a Junior Club for Primary School age children before school, after school, and over the Summer holidays.
Regardless of the age unit of the nursery your child is in, your child's time at Rainbow will have certain consistent qualities:
Before your child starts at Rainbow Nursery we will arrange settling in sessions, this gives you chance to meet the nursery practitioners who will be looking after your child, and for you to pass on information with regards to your child's routine, stage of development, stage of weaning etc.
Your child will be allocated a 'key person' who will meet you on your child's first visit. The key person is your child's main carer when they are at nursery and will complete developmental records in line with the EYFS.
What is the 'Key Person' role?
Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. A key person is a named practitioner with responsibilities for a small group of children, who will help those children to feel safe and cared for when they are in nursery. Although the children at Rainbow are allocated a key person, all of the nursery practitioners know all of the children, just as they know their key children.This is vital should your child's key person be absent from work or on holiday.
We feel that it is important for children to mix with different age groups, so as well as having mixed age groups within their room, the children mix with older/ younger children when playing outside. As well as developing positive relationships with yourself and your child, we also develop relationships with outside agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists, Parent Support Advisers and North Yorkshire Learning and Teaching Consultants. Having positive relationships with such agencies ensure that we meet your child's developmental needs to the highest possible standards. Please do not hesitate to ask about such support or advice.
Every child is unique, and not just because they are yours but because they are simply their own person. We offer a varied day and our aim is to ensure the children are stimulated, educated and entertained. We have a flexible daily routine to ensure we can meet every individual child's needs. We provide a wide range of activities suitable for the individual needs and stages of development throughout the nursery, some of these adult led and others child-led. They have the opportunity to express themselves through music, dance, painting and messy play. This is why we advise that you do not send your child to Rainbow in their best clothes... Getting messy is lots of fun!
As we may have mentioned, one thing we are not short of at Rainbow Nursery is outdoor space. Physical development is a key part of a child's development and we've put a lot of time into our outdoor space. Our site is in excess of 6 acres, with areas designed and installed by children's play area specialists. Meaning consideration has been given to learning and safety, as well as fun.
There's no such thing as poor weather with us - just poor clothing! It takes extreme weather to keep us indoors at Rainbow. We have lots of all in one showerproof suits for the children to wear, but we do ask you to bring wellington boots. And when the sun is out, please send your child with sun cream and a sun hat. We do avoid the sun between 11am-2pm and only stay out for short periods in very hot weather.
Play and the outdoors is of course great fun, and gives the opportunity to learn through nature. Children are constantly monitored by the practitioners and the outdoor area is no exception. Safety and security are high on our mind, but minor cuts, bruises and grazes are all unfortunately part of growing up, and are dealt with using our Accident Recording procedure. This ensures these incidents are correctly dealt with and that you are informed of them.
Children have the opportunity to play on or with:
natural play areas; mud-pits, den-making
natural play gardens for 0-5 year olds
Learning and Development
Having fun is great! But we offer so much more than fun. When planning for children's development we look at all 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
With all of the outdoor space we have at Rainbow, children's physical development is high on the agenda. As well as physical exercise, healthy food is big part of making and understanding the importance of healthy choices. We help develop their coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Within the Baby Nursery there is a soft play room dedicated to encouraging the children's physical skills.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development.
We encourage children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and to develop respect for others. We encourage them to develop social skills, learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language
Rainbow Nursery provides an environment that is rich with language and provide opportunities for children to communicate in a variety of ways and in a variety of situations. As well as communicating we also encourage the children to develop listening skills.
Expressive Art and Design
We enable children to explore a wide range of materials which encourage them to share thoughts, ideas and feelings through music and movement, messy play and role play.
Understanding the World
Children's understanding of the world that they live in, is an important part of their learning - we talk about our families at home, how plants and animals grow, and the objects that exist in our world.
We use our environment at Rainbow to develop children's basic mathematic skills, by asking the children how may cows they can see whilst they are playing with the farm, counting the number of children that are in that day or by singing counting songs. We also offer toys throughout the age groups that will develop children's understanding of shapes from basic jigsaws and shape sorters in the baby nursery, to talking about different shape names in the preschool.
Children at Rainbow are given access to a wide range of mark making equipment from a young age. This gives children opportunities to develop the fine motor skills that they will need when they begin to learn to write. From the baby nursery right through to the preschool we read stories to the children every day and have an array of books that the children can freely access
Mealtimes at Rainbow are a social event, all of the children sit together along with a nursery practitioner who encourages them and offers support where necessary. From a young age the children are encouraged to sit at a table to eat, the children in baby nursery who are unable to sit at a table have a low feeding chair so they are still at the same level as the other children.
The Rainbow Menu is varied and nutritious, all of our food is freshly prepared on site each day by our cooks. We provide a breakfast such as toast and cereal, a well-balanced two course hot lunch and a light tea. Our two week menu is displayed throughout the nursery, so you can have a look at what your child has eaten that day. We also cater for all stages of weaning - all we ask is that you keep us informed as to where you are with weaning at home and we will mirror this at nursery.
Children are offered drinks throughout the day and with their meals. They also have 2 snacks a day usually mid-morning and mid-afternoon. As we encourage children to be independent, the preschool children have 'free flow' snack, which enables the children to access fruit, bread sticks or crackers themselves, at any time when the snack area is open. This is monitored closely by the practitioners. Water is available for the children to help themselves to all day, in day nursery and preschool. The children in baby nursery are offered water at regular intervals during the day.
You do not need to worry about bringing bibs, flannels, cups etc. We provide all of these for your child. If you would prefer your child to have their own cup from home, this is not a problem, just please ensure it has their name on it. If your child has an allergy or dietary requirement, please note this on your enrolment form and we can discuss this with you. Our cooks have a lot of experience catering for dietary requirements, such as lactose intolerance, wheat and gluten intolerance, nut allergies, egg allergies and soya intolerance.
A sample menu for Spring 2019 can be downloaded here.
We revise the nursery menu to ensure that we are providing the children with as many portions of the recommended daily allowances of the five food groups as we can during their nursery day. The desserts that the children have at nursery are all fruit or milk based and where a dessert requires sugar within the recipe we have either halved this amount or cut it out completely. If you would like any further information regarding the menu please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Watson the Nursery Manager.
Allergen information related to the menu can be viewed on the downloads page of this site. If your child is sensitive or allergic to particular foods then please familiarise yourself with the allergen information for each of the meals and advise the nursery in writing about any specific issues.
* Children are offered a drink with their meal - as well as throughout the day.
* All sauces are home made on the premises - please ask our staff for details of contents.
* All recipes can be altered to suit special dietary requirements - just ask.
We recognise that many children need some additional support. This document has been prepared in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council. It represents our local offer which helps parents to understand what we offer at Rainbow for any child who may have additional needs. If you wish to discuss your child's specific needs please contact the nursery to arrange an appointment.
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