Session Info

Pre-School meets from Monday through to Friday. 

Rainbow divides the children into two groups with the older children (Adventurers) in one and the younger in the other (Explorers). This helps the differentiating of activities and length of time spent, appropriate to each child. This also ensures we adhere to the strict Adult to child ratios for the differing ages.

2 ½ Year Olds

Tuesday  and  Thursday: 9.00 or 9.30a.m. - 12.00 a.m. 
Monday and  Wednesday 12.30 p.m. -3.30 p.m.

Doors open at 11.55am and 3.25pm for your child to be collected.

We recommend younger children do not attend less than 2 sessions per week. Our skilled practitioners fully understand the varying needs of children and the changing requirements as children develop to preschool age. By your child attending 2 or more sessions a week they find the transition less stressful. 

Rainbow undertakes to make a home visit prior to your child commencing pre-school, after which you are asked to attend 2 settling in sessions with your child. This enables us to help you and your child feel at ease and settle in. If your child can settle gradually and happily into the pre-school he/she will have more confidence when making the move to Primary School. If there is still a separation anxiety then your Key Person will work with you as to the gentlest way to solve this. Rest assured, if your child is overly distressed or unwell you will be contacted and asked to return. 

3 Year Olds

From the term after the child's 3rd birthday they are funded by the government to attend up to 15 hours per week. This equates to 5 Rainbow sessions. (We do not guarantee the full 15 hours until they join the Adventurers group).

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.00am to 12noon
Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Doors open at 11.55am and 3.25pm for your child to be collected.

Session Costs

A registration fee of £25 is charged once you have accepted a place at Rainbow Pre-school. This is non refundable and is used to cover costs such as photographs used to evidence their development in their Learning Journals.

Session costs are currently £5.50 per hour.

The 2 year (selected children only ) and 3 year Free Education Entitlement becomes paid by Essex County Council the term after they become 2 or 3 years old.

The Extended Entitlement (30 hours offer): Rainbow have decided not to offer 30 hours at this time due to lack of space plus it would reduce the number of places Rainbow could offer. The funding can be shared between settings. It is the parent/carers responsibility to check if they are eligible and then make an application by going to :

Arrival and Departure Routine

Once the session has begun at 9.00am and 12.30pm, parents/carers  bring their child into the hallway where a member of staff will welcome them. Before entering the hallway you are asked to encourage your child to find their name and remove it, bring it into the hallway and help them to place it on the white registration board. You should then assist your child in learning to recognise his/her name above a coat peg and encourage them to hang up their own coat and belongings.

At the end of the session parents/carers are requested to wait until the security gate is released at the end of the session.If arriving individually at other times parents/carers are requested to press the call button to enable the gate to be released. It is essential, should you wish your child to be collected by anyone other than the known parent/carer that we are informed of the details, which will be entered in a book and signed, by parent/carer. Should there be a reason that this cannot take place and arrangements are made over the phone then an agreed password will be given.

Feeding and rest arrangements

The children have a nutritional snack time every session. We buy small bottles of milk for them and any that do not like or cannot have milk will be provided with water plus something healthy to eat. When your child is in receipt of either 2 year or 3 year Free Educational Entitlement we charge £25.00 per term to cover the cost of snack and resources. 

As we may have children with allergies we request that no food or drink is to be brought on to the premises. It is still possible to provide food for a special occasion but these must be passed directly to the managers.

We do not have a separate room for resting. However, we do have some comfortable beanbags in which a tired or poorly child may relax if necessary. These would be placed in a quiet corner.


Our Keyperson system gives each member of staff a particular responsibility for just a few children. Each child has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group much easier. In addition, the Keyperson is in a position to tailor the group’s curriculum to the unique needs of each child. The Keyperson maintains links with the child’s home setting, working with parents through shared record keeping to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential. It is also important that parents/carers share any information regarding any changes in circumstances at home no matter how trivial they seem with the key person or manager.