Rainbow Nurseries FAQ

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

Children attend for 5 mornings a week 9 /9.15am to 12.30pm, or 5 afternoons a week 1.00pm to 4pm, 3 terms per year approximately 10-12 weeks in duration. Children are accepted from the age of 2 years (depending upon the child’s capacity).

Monday – Friday 9.15am to 12.30pm (Ormond Rd & Sheen Park)

Monday – Friday 9am to 12.30pm (Sheen Common – Mornings)

Monday – Friday 1.00pm to 4pm (Sheen Common – Afternoons)

Our terms run for 10 – 12 weeks and we have 3 terms per year.

Our 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 term dates can be found below.

  1. Term Dates 2019-2020
  2. Term Dates 2020-2021
What are our term dates?

Our term dates are as follows:

  1. Term Dates 2019-2020
  2. Term Dates 2020-2021

Current Term Dates 2019 / 20

AUTUMN TERM 2019

NB: Wednesday 4th September – INSET – Staff training day – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN

NB: Thursday 5th September – INSET – Staff training day – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN

Friday 6th September – Rainbow set up morning / afternoonMonday 9th September – Start of Term for returning children

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 20th September – staggered start for new children joining

Half term – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November.

Thursday 5th December – Christmas Concert for ALL the children – No afternoon nursery this day!

Friday 6th December – End of Term

Play week (Optional) – 9th – 13th December

SPRING TERM 2020
Monday 6th January – Start of Term
Half Term 17th – 21st February
Friday 27th March – End of term
Play week (Optional) – March 30th – 3rd April

SUMMER TERM 2020
Monday 20th April – Start of Term
Friday 8th May – Bank Holiday – 75th anniversary of VE Day!
Friday 22nd May – INSET – Staff Training Day – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN
Half Term 25th – 29th May
School trip – Thursday 11th June
Sports Day – Thursday 2nd July
Friday 3rd July – End of Term
Play week (Optional) – 6th – 10th July

What aged children do we take?
We can only take children from the ages of 2-5 years old.
Where are our Nursery Schools?
We have 3 nursery schools at the following locations. Click on any location to read more about it.

 

  1. Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6TH
  2. Holy Trinity Church, Sheen Park, Richmond, Surrey,  TW9 1UW
  3. The Pavilion, Sheen Common, Fife Road, London, SW14 8BJ If you are using sat nav use SW14 7EL as the postcode
What are our Fees?

Our fees are reviewed annually and can be found here.

Fees are payable in full, on the first day 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.

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 need. It is intended to fund a maximum of five 3-hour sessions per week for 10-12-week periods (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 £9 an hour exceeding their funding (£4.50 per session or £22.50 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. This is issued directly by HMRC. We can accept the 30 hour extended funding at all our settings.

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.
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

All children are placed onto a waiting list. Children on the waiting list are taken in strict rotation with the exception of siblings who are given priority. Places are confirmed two terms in advance when a deposit of £500 is required, which is deductible from their final term’s fee and is non-refundable.

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 2019, we will be using 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.

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.