About Rainbow

We are a preschool based in central Ely. We work in partnership with parents/carers to provide high quality care and education for children aged 2.5  to 4 years old.

Our aim is to provide a safe, secure and caring environment for our children and to encourage them to learn and develop through play and discovery.

Rainbow Preschool is run by a team of fully qualified staff with the backing of a committee.

Rainbow operates a little differently from many of the other childcare providers in Ely. As well as offering flexibility of full days, morning and afternoon sessions; we also offer three afternoons (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) dedicated to our pre-school children.  Grouped with their peers our pre-schoolers benefit from focused age-appropriate time together in preparation for primary school.  Our younger children at Rainbow are called ‘Cubs’ and our Pre-school children are called ‘Tigers’.

Please see our demographic report here: DEMOGRAPHIC june2021


Our latest report can be found on the Ofsted website.

Early Years Alliance

Rainbow is a member of the Early Years Alliance. If you would like more information, please visit the EYA website.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Pre-Schools follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This framework is designed to ensure that children using early years’ services will be kept safe and helped to thrive.

It is based on four complementary themes, from which practitioners work:

A Unique Child recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships describe how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents or carers.

Enabling Environments explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

Practitioners are required to deliver the following areas of learning and development through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-led activities:

 Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
  • Communication, Language and Literacy;
  • Physical Development;

 Specific areas

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 An integral part of the learning and development process is ongoing assessment, which practitioners do by observing children on a day-to-day basis, and responding appropriately to help them make progress. Information provided by parents is very important and the communication involved in our parent-partnerships is crucial to the child’s learning and development.

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance as:

  • Playing and Exploring-engagement;
  • Active Learning-motivation;
  • Creating and Thinking Critically-thinking

We aim to provide for Characteristics of Effective Learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain and effective and motivated learner.

The EYFS requires practitioners to conduct a progress check when the child is aged between 24-36 months. This is a short written summary of the child’s development in the three prime learning and development areas. These checks will be completed by the child’s key person taking in to account views and contributions of the parents.

Rainbow adheres to the EYFS framework, which has been set down by the Government. Full details can be found here.