Rainbow Nurseries FAQ

What are our opening hours and how long are our terms.

Children attend for 5 mornings/afternoons or full days a week, 3 terms per year approximately 12-14 weeks in duration. Children are accepted from the age of 2 years (depending upon the child’s capacity).

Morning sessions

Sheen Park (Holy Trinity Church Centre) are 9am-12.30pm

Sheen Common: 8.30/9am – 10/12.30pm

Ormond Road: 9.15am-12.30pm

Lunch Club

Due to our terms of refrence as a sessional pre-school registered with OFSTED we have to have a defined break between the morning and afternoon sessions which is what our lunch club is. This is why there is an additional £5 fee. Lunch club sessins are 12.30pm-1pm.

Afternoon sessions:

Sheen Park: 1pm-3pm – £27.50 per session booked in advance.

Sheen Common: 12-3pm – £2100 per term for 5 afternoons per week.

Ormond Road: 1pm-2.45pm – £26 per session booked in advance.

Extended sessions:

Sheen Park has the possibility of extended sessions including lunch club every Monday – Friday until 3pm at an additional £27.50 (including Lunch Club fee)  per session.

At Sheen Common you can combine the morning and the afternoon sessions with the lunch club to provide a 8.30/9am – 3pm to cover 5 days a week during term time. Please contact us for the pricing regarding this.

Ormond Road – from September 2021 are able to provide 4 extended sessions 9.15-2.45  Mon-Thurs  (this service is not available on the first Wednesday of every month)

What are our term dates?

Our term dates are as follows:

  1. Term Dates 2021-2022
  2. Term Dates 2022-2023
    What aged children do we take?

    We can only take children from the ages of 2-5 years of age.

    We are also able to accommodate children deferring reception start date.

    Where are our Nursery Schools?
    What are our Fees?

    Our fees are reviewed annually and can be found here.

    Fees are payable in full, by the end of the first week of a new term.

    When children join us at Rainbow, we expect them to remain with us until the natural transition stage to Reception at a local school.

    Should your circumstances change, a whole academic term’s notice of intention to remove a child from RAINBOW is required in writing before the first day of term. Otherwise a full term’s fee will be due, regardless of your child attending Rainbow. To clarify, notice is required on the 1st September to leave at the end of December, 1st January to leave at the end of March and 1st April to leave at the end of July. Children leaving for Reception do not need to give written of notice.

    We accept payment by bank transfer or through childcare voucher schemes. Our childcare voucher codes can be found here.

    Regarding childcare vouchers, please ensure that sufficient funds are in place to pay for the term in advance. Please contact the office info@rainbownurseryschools.org.uk for our company registration details.

    View our fees & Funding policy here.

    Our childcare voucher codes can be found here.

    How do we rate with Ofsted?

    Rainbow Nursery Schools, founded by Mrs Julia Hunter, has been serving the families of Richmond and Sheen since 1979. Mrs Hunter retired at the end of the Summer Term 2017 and Rainbow is now owned and managed by Mrs Lavinia Pashley-Wilkins BA, QTS. The change of ownership triggered an essential re-registration process with Ofsted and although we have the same staff, utilising the same premises with the same ethos as we’ve always had, we have completed a post-registration cycle of inspections and all reports are available on the links below.

    Our Ofsted numbers are below:
    Holy Trinity: EY545817
    Ormond Road:EY545818
    The Pavilion: EY545819

    To have a  look at the latest Ofsted reports please click the location link below.

    The Pavillion, Sheen Common

    Holy Trinity, Sheen Park

    Ormond Road

    Information regarding National Funding at Rainbow Nurseries.

    The Nursery Education Grant is provided for all three and four-year-olds, and specific 2-year olds with identified needs. Funding is activated the term following your childs 2nd or 3rd birthday. It is intended to fund a maximum of five 3-hour sessions per week for 12-14 week periods (Please be aware term lengths fluctuate with the borough which affects the funding amount. Currently there are 13 weeks Autumn term, 12 weeks Spring term and 13 weeks Summer term).

    Once a child exceeds 15 hours or the maximum amount of funding per term, fees will be charged per hour exceeding the 15-hour offer. Additional fees are charged at £12 an hour exceeding their funding (£6 per session or £30 per week).

    Families eligible for the additional funding (30 hours) will require a current funding code IN ADVANCE in order to utilise it for our extended sessions. We can accept the 30 hour extended funding at all our settings providing that it is a current code. Please ensure that you apply for the code each time BEFORE the HMRC deadline.

    Early Years Pupil Premium Funding is available for all children from lower income families. To find out if a child qualifies, the parent must complete the Achieving for Children Early Education Funding Form in full, to include National Insurance number and date of birth of respective parent.  This funding goes directly to the preschool to enhance your child’s preschool learning and is additional to the grant fee payment.

    Click here to view our fees & funding policy.

    Our childcare voucher codes can be found here.

    Can we talk freely to teachers about our children?

    All children are assigned a Key Worker who will be the main recorder of your child’s progress during their time at Rainbow. However, it is Rainbow’s policy that you may speak to any member of staff regarding your child.

    We will provide opportunities for ‘stay and play’ sessions whereby parents can chat informally about their childs development.

    Appointments will be available and provided in advance.

    Do we accept childcare vouchers?

    We do accept payment by childcare voucher schemes.

    Regarding childcare vouchers, please ensure that sufficient funds are in place to pay for the term in advance. Please contact the office info@rainbownurseryschools.org.uk for our company registration details.

    Our childcare voucher codes can be found here.

    What is the application process?

    Choose which location you want your child to attend and download the application form and send it in to us at the following address:

    Mrs Lavinia Pashley – Wilkins. BA Hons, QTS, NNEB

    20 Hillary Drive

    Isleworth

    Middlesex TW7 7EG

    E: Lavinia@rainbownurseryschools.org.uk

    Places are confirmed a term in advance. A £500 deposit, deductible from FINAL term’s fees, is required.  There is a £150 admin fee for withdrawal after a place has been offered and accepted.  

    Once a child has a confirmed place, a settling-in process begins. The term before the child is due to start, they are asked to spend a morning/afternoon with their parent/carer, with us, to get to know our routine and staff. They are also invited to attend our end of term activity.

    Once they start Rainbow, which may be a staggered start, parents are encouraged to bring their child into the group and settle them at an activity with a member of staff who is usually their Key person. Once settled they inform their offspring that they will go. Depending on individual children, staff might ask a parent to collect earlier than 12.30pm or 3.45pm for several days.

    Each child is treated as an individual, therefore, no formal settling-in process is adhered to. Parents who are anxious about their child are reassured by staff and given information about their child’s activities and welfare whilst in the group. We do appreciate that not all children are completely toilet trained, and are happy to discuss your child’s needs individually.

    View our Admissions Policy.

    What is the settling in process?

    Once a child has a confirmed place, a settling-in process begins. The term before the child is due to start, they are asked to spend a morning/afternoon with their parent/carer, with us, to get to know our routine and staff. They are also invited to attend our end of term activity.

    Once they start Rainbow, which may be a staggered start, parents are encouraged to bring their child into the group and settle them at an activity with a member of staff. Once settled they inform their offspring that they will go. Depending on individual children, staff might ask a parent to collect earlier than 12.30pm or 3.45pm for several days.

    Click here to view our settling in policy.

    What is the Curriculum?
    The curriculum can be found here.
    What are our Nursery School's timetables?
    Each setting has it’s own timetable which can be viewed via the links below:

    1. Sheen Park Timetable
    2. Ormond Rd Timetable
    3. Sheen Common – Mornings – Timetable
    4. Sheen Common – Afternoons – Timetable
    What is our Safeguarding Policy?

    You can read all about our Safeguarding policy here.

    What is our Illness, Sunshine and Toys Policy?
    What does Rainbow Nurseries Going Digital entail?

    From September 2021, we will be gradually introducing Tapestry, an online system of recording your child’s learning at Rainbow. We have been working closely with our local schools, who also use the same system, and this will allow us to work more collaboratively with them when your child reaches the important transition to Reception.

    Tapestry is a secure website which can be accessed easily from a computer / laptop as well as any Apple or Android device. We have chosen this platform as it is a secure and exciting way of keeping track of your child’s development during their time with us.
    Instead of using our traditional green journals, we will be able to instantly upload photos and observations directly to your account giving instant gratification.

    We will set up the online journal as soon as we receive your written consent and I have attached a permission form for you to sign and return on the first day of term. An excellent advantage to this system is that you can upload any observations and comments yourself to your child’s account and you can share your child’s journal with the wider family through the secure portal.

    Safeguarding our children is essential to us. Everything that is added to Tapestry will be added to our Rainbow account and can only be viewed by Rainbow staff directly involved with your child, as well as yourself and family members you nominate, using a personal password log in. Parents will only have access to their child’s journal and this cannot be seen by any other parent. It is crucial that parents do not share photos or videos from the journal on social media or other online platforms.

    We are very excited about using this system at Rainbow and would like to invite you to find out more about it too. I have attached some frequently asked questions on a separate sheet.

    We would also like to signpost you to Tapestry’s website where you will find lots of information and videos: http://eyfs.info/tapestry-info/introduction.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

    What is the Special Inclusion Hub?

    Rainbow Nursery School is committed to inclusion and as such is recognised in the London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston as a facility of support for professionals, families and children with Special educational needs.

    Our staff have ongoing training in Makaton signing as well as a comprehensive and diverse programme of support training to benefit all the children who attend Rainbow. We are very proud to be one of a handful of settings across the two boroughs to have this recognition and were part of the first wave of settings to do so.

    Application & Policy Information

    Click the button below for more information about application and our policies.

    View our Curriculum

    Have a look at our curriculum for an in depth view of what makes Rainbow Nursery Schools so special.