We are based within 2nd Southampton Scout Hut in the heart of Shirley. Our staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge in early years. We work closely with Wordsworth Primary School, joining in with celebrations, supporting transitions for those going to school and sharing ideas and knowledge in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We are fortunate enough to have 2 members of staff to deliver a forest school approach to our lovely outside area of which children have access to on a daily basis. We are also awaiting an allotment allocation so that we will be able to to take groups of children to the allotment where they will be able to grow, harvest and eat their own produce. We have connections with the local community including the library, emergency services and health visitors.
All our staff at Rainbow Preschool receive appropriate first aid training, annual safeguarding refresher training and are fully supported in their continued professional development.
Mrs Finlay – Company Director, Owner, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Behaviour Management Co-ordinator, Forest School Co-ordinator and Health and Safety Co-ordinator – Early Years Professional Status and a BA in Early Years Practice. Mrs Finlay has 18 years child care experience and is working towards her Forest school qualification.
Mrs Bhakar – Pre-school Manager, Safeguarding Lead Co-ordinator, Student Co-ordinator and Pupil Premium Co-ordinator – Cache Level 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development. Mrs Bhakar has worked at Rainbow Pre-school for 10 years.
Mrs Hambridge – Deputy Manager, SEED Co-ordinator and Numeracy Co-ordinator – Early Years Professional Status. Mrs Hambridge has worked at Rainbow Pre-school for 3 years.
Miss Rzesna – Room Leader, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Child looked After Co-ordinator – NCFE Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce. Miss Rzesna has worked at Rainbow Pre-school for 3 years.
Miss Clouder – Early Years Apprentice and ECAT Co-ordinator – Miss Clouder is working towards her NVQ Level 3 and has worked at Rainbow Pre-school for 1 year.
Miss Read – Early Years Practitioner and Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator – CACHE Level 2 Certificate for Children and Young People’s Workforce. Miss Read has worked at Rainbow Pre-school for 2 years.
Due to the expansion of Rainbow Two to provide for the new 30 hours funding we would like to welcome to the team:
Miss Wisniewska – CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young’s Peoples Workforce, Forest School Co-ordinator and Two Year Old Co-ordinator. Miss Wisniewska has recently joined the team and has been working in childcare for 6 years. She is also currently undertaking a BA honours in Early Years as well as her forest school qualification.
Mrs Gill – Early Years Practitioner, Equal Oppertunities Co-ordinator and English as an Additional Language Co-ordinator – NVQ 3 Level Early Years Care and Education. Mrs Gill has recently joined the team and has been in childcare for 15 years.
Mrs Kaur – Early Years Practitioner – Early Years Care and Education Level 2 and Mrs Kaur is hoping to start her Level 3 soon. Mrs Kaur has recently joined the team and has worked in childcare for 11 years.
Miss Callaway – Early Years Practitioner – EDI Pearson Level 3 Diploma for the Child and Young Person’s Workforce. Miss Callaway has recently joined the team and has been in childcare for 11 years.
Scout Hut, Ridding Close, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 4JS
Monday – Friday
Morning session: 9:00am – 12:00am
Lunch club: 12:am – 12:30pm
Afternoon session: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Term Dates – School Year 2018-2019
Return – Monday 3rd September 2018
Half Term – Monday 22nd -Friday 26th October 2018
Christmas Holidays – Monday 17th December – Friday 4th January 2019
Return – Monday 7th January 2019
Half Term – Monday 18th-22nd February 2019
Easter Holidays – Friday 5th April – Friday 19th April 2019
Return – Monday 22nd April 2019
Half Term – Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2019
Summer Holidays – Friday 19th July 2019