understand that choosing the right mixture of care and education to enable the
best transition to school is extremely important. With almost a hundred
children across both nurseries leaving us each year to start school, we take
school readiness very seriously and feedback from local schools is that we are
really good at it! Early phonics, mathematical development and most
importantly behaviours such as confidence, curiosity and independence are all
nurtured by the team in Rainbows.
closely with the local schools, with reception teachers visiting the children
prior to transition and also updating us on the latest developments and
requirements for attainment and a smooth transition. We hold a Parent
Information evening in the Spring where a local Reception Teacher facilitates a
session to help parents prepare for this exciting next step and also 1to1
meetings with your child’s key worker, for you to come along and discuss your
child’s progress prior to them starting school. Our Rainbows ‘Leavers Party’
also enables children to celebrate their success and marks their transition to
the next important stage of their development. Children usually join Rainbows
at around 3 years old and from the first time you visit we will work with you
to ensure that you and your child are comfortable in our surroundings and you
are given as much information as possible to help you make an informed
decision. We want you to know you have made the right choice.
Every child is different and therefore you will meet the team to discuss the
routine, activities and your insights into your child’s needs at this important
stage of their development. With this information we are then able to tailor
your child’s introduction to us to best suit both your needs. Our preschool
room has been purposefully designed to provide a stimulating environment with a
staff ratio of one highly trained Early Years Practitioner to every eight
children. The team in Rainbows, will work with small groups and on a 1:1
basis, helping children make progress towards the early learning goals. With
our online Observation System you will have secure access to photos,
observations and plans anytime anywhere, ensuring you are always involved and
up to date with your child’s learning and progress.
If your child is moving from our Sunshine room, we arrange short visits for
them about three weeks before they are due to move. Sunshine room and Rainbows
work closely together and often join for play, parties and special events, so
they will be familiar with the team and environment prior to joining. However
the visits give them some dedicated time which they will spend with their new
key worker exploring all the new and exciting resources.
Our preschool has its own separate entrance and consists of 3 indoor areas with
direct access onto our large nursery garden and patio. The messy room is
always set up with art, crafts, sand and water. The other contains a home
corner, book corner, construction area and a variety of activities that involve
problem solving, turn-taking, early phonics, exploration and discovery. A
selection of writing materials is always available so that children can
practice ‘mark making’ and emergent writing. The children have access at all
times to baskets of toys and equipment on height appropriate equipment to
encourage them to make independent choices. We use lots of unusual and
natural resources both inside and in our outdoor learning environments to
provide plenty of opportunities for children to explore, let off steam and
learn from the natural world. Children will also have regular access to a
computer and other age appropriate technological equipment.
outdoor classroom, we have beautiful bushes and trees and our wooden shelter
provide perfect shady areas for play, story and picnics or just
somewhere nice to sit!! Physical activity and fresh air are extremely important
for all of us, but we are extremely passionate about engendering a love of
exercise and fresh air from the earliest age. To support us in this quest every
week children take part in a variety of games and exercises especially selected
by our team, we also go out and about in Portishead and have weekly
Forest/Beach school sessions led by a fully qualified Forest School Leader.
Other activities such as French, Spanish and Tennis, are available for a small
Group times are an integral part of the daily routine, encouraging and enabling
children to, share their thoughts and ideas, evaluate the activities they have
taken part in or talk about themselves and their families. Making music,
singing songs, circle games and story time all form part of the nursery day, as
does ‘tidy up time’.
All our meals are freshly prepared on site using locally sourced produce where
possible. We cater for all dietary preferences and requirements and will
discuss this in depth with you on registration. We have also been awarded a
Children’s Food Trust Award for food excellence; please see the separate tab
for more details.
For your piece of mind 100% of our core staff are fully qualified and have a
Paediatric First Aid certificate.
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