Activities

Our priority is to make learning a fun, exciting and enjoyable experience. The rooms have a happy atmosphere and the children are relaxed and secure. Each child is an individual and is encouraged to develop at his own pace.

Children are able to play, learn and explore safely and settle quickly.

Our staff’s calm and polite manner sets a good example to the children, and therefore the children are polite and behave well.

Children learn about our local community and people who help us through visitors to the nursery such as the Police, Fire Service and local Lolly Pop Lady.

We make regular trips to Frome library and other places of interest within walking distance, we also make an annual trip to Weymouth beach (weather permitting) on the train.

We have weekly PE lessons provided by I.G.Sports giving the children access to a large variety of sports and games, these sessions are invaluable helping the children develop their co-ordination and balance as well as communication skills and self esteem.

We encourage the children to take a keen interest in science and nature allowing them to explore the environment around them.

 

Although free play is paramount the children are encouraged to take part in all offered activities.

Every child is allocated to a “Key Worker”, This person is responsible for all your child’s planning, observations, assessments and evaluations, they are the person who will know your child inside out and your first port of call should you have any queries about your child.

Children have small group time when they split off from the rest of the group into their Key Worker groups to do an activity or have a discussion.

We also have Circle Time as a whole group, Children can bring in interesting things from home to show and talk about with the rest of the children. This promotes their Communication, Language and Literacy skills, helping them to be more confident, but also helps encourage them to wait their turn and listen to others.

Dedicated Baby care:

At Rainbow we have a dedicated baby room – we know how hard it is to leave your baby for the first time, but you can rest assured that your baby will be looked after in a safe, secure and loving environment.

All senior staff have at least 15 years experience ensuring your baby is well cared for and nurtured during their time with us.

Babies are remarkably sophisticated sensory beings, their learning occurs mostly through their senses. We let them explore interesting objects through touch, smell and taste, helping them to learn about themselves and the world around them.

We have lights sounds and textures and heuristic treasure baskets that the babies can access.

The areas of
learning and development

  1. There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are  important and inter-connected. Three PRIME areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
  2. These PRIME areas, are:
  3. 1. Communication and Language
    2. Physical Development
    3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Providers must also support children in four SPECIFIC areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The SPECIFIC areas are:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive arts and design

 

“None of these areas of learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas must be delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities” **

**The Early Years Foundation Stage-Statutory Framework

We provide an ideal foundation for the transition to school. We have very good relationships with the local schools.

Parents are invited to an informal parents evening each term. Every child has an online learning journal and parents are notified via email every time a new observation is recorded in their journal, parents are encouraged to make comments and add their own observations.