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.

What are our term dates?

Our term dates are as follows: (download here)

Rainbow Term Dates 2018 / 19

AUTUMN TERM 2018

NB: Thursday 6th September – INSET – Staff training day – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN

NB: Friday 7th September – INSET – Staff training day – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN

Monday 10th September – Start of Term for returning children

Tuesday 11th – Thursday 20th September – staggered start for newbies

INSET – First Aid – ALL STAFF Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN

Half term – Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October.

Thursday 6th December – Christmas Concert for ALL the children – No afternoon nursery this day!

Friday 14th December – End of Term

Play week (Optional) – 17th – 21st December

 

SPRING TERM

Monday 7th January – Start of Term

Half Term 18th – 22nd February

Friday 29th March – End of term

Play week (Optional) – 1st – 5th April

 

SUMMER TERM

Tuesday 23rd April – Start of Term

Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday

Half Term 27th – 31st May

INSET 3rd JUNE – INSET – Staff Training – NURSERY CLOSED TO CHILDREN

School trip – Thursday 13th June

Sports Day – Thursday 11th July

Friday 12th July – End of Term

Play week (Optional) – 15th – 19th 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?
What are our Fees?

Our fees are reviewed annually and can be found here.

Fees are payable in full, within the first two weeks of a new term.

A whole 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 become due, regardless of your child attending Rainbow.

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.

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 has triggered an essential reregistration process with Ofsted and although we have the same staff, utilising the same premises with the same ethos as we’ve always had, we are due to have a full inspection shortly as we are now regarded as a ‘new setting’.

If you have any further questions regarding this transition please don’t hesitate to ask.

Our new 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 £8.50 an hour exceeding their funding (£4.25 per session or £21.25 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. The maximum additional funding we can claim per session is £12.25. Therefore, our lunch club fee will be £10. 25 and parents will be invoiced for this.

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.

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.

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 first 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. 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 3.30pm 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. However, in extreme circumstances a parent may be called to assist a child who maybe in distress.

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 3.30pm 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?

Download Application Form

If you would like to apply for a place in one of our Rainbow Nursery School's please download the application form and either email or post it to us.