Joining Rainbow

 

If you would like to know more please come and visit us at Rainbow, appointments can be made by contacting the office and we would be delighted to show you and your child around the setting and answer any questions you might have. You will also have a chance to look through our policies and procedures and copies will be provided along with our prospectus and safeguarding information. 

 

To book a place for your child please fill out the registration documents and send them to the office. We ask for details on parents/carers, emergency contacts, health, as well as an 'all about me' document so we can better understand your child's family, friends, pets, likes, dislikes etc. We also have a GDPR form to be completed to ensure we respect your wishes regarding the use of yours and your child's data. The fee for registration is £20 which is non-refundable.

Government Funding and Fees

 

All children are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded childcare (per week) from the term after they turn 3 years old. Any additional non-funded hours will be charged at our standard rate. We can accept all forms of childcare vouchers and are registered for Tax Free Childcare.

If you are working, you may be entitled to the Governments new 30 hour extended entitlement for working parents.  For more information on the funding options available or to apply for the 30 hours extended entitlement, please visit the childcare choices website.

First Days

Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in our setting are provided in ways that:

  • Help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting

  • Ensure the safety of each child

  • Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group

  • Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning

Our sessions

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.

 

Snacks

We make snacks a social time at which children and adults sit together. We plan the snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will plan accordingly. Pre-school children attending the lunch club sessions should bring a healthy packed lunch. No nuts, fizzy drinks or sweets please.

 

Clothing

It is best to send your child in clothes that are comfortable, easily washed and are not brand new as we like to allow all children the opportunity to feel free to explore and experience lots of different materials including messy ones. We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities, however, they can still get messy. We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.

 

Each child should have a named bag with:

  • Plimsolls for indoor wear (no outdoor shoes in the building)

  • A full change of clothes, socks and pants, nappies and wipes if your child

    uses them.

  • A fresh bottle of water (named).

Outside all year around

We give every child the opportunity to play outside in all weathers so please ensure that your child also has the following items appropriate to the weather conditions on the day: Summer – Sun hat and remember to apply sun cream to your child. If suncream needs to be reapplied please fill out the permission slip available from staff. Winter - Wellies, hat, scarf and gloves during cold weather. It is very important that all clothes, shoes and belongings have the child’s name on them.

 

We think it is important for parents and staff to work closely together to help the child feel confident and secure within the group. This can occasionally take longer for some children than others and parents should not be concerned if their child takes a while to settle. We will work closely with them to plan an individual settling in process appropriate to their child’s needs.

We have an admissions policy which you are welcome to see. The Manager is happy to discuss any concerns you may have. At snack time the children share fruit and are also given milk to drink, we also like to introduce a wide variety of foods for your children to try during this time.

If your child does not drink milk then water will be offered, we do not provide juice/squash while children are in Rainbow and ask that you do not provide squash/juice in their daily Rainbow Bottles. This policy is in line with Glory Farm School.

Your child may bring in toys/books or things of interest, to do with the current theme to show the rest of the children. After discussion they will be placed in the box until it is time to go home. Please ensure any items are clearly named.