Welcome to Rainbow Pre-school

We are an independent pre-school that originally opened in 1988 and now we provide childcare for up to 44 children per session, on the Wordsworth Primary School site in Shirley, Southampton. We offer an organised and well-planned indoor and outdoor environment that provides maximum opportunity for interactive learning through play, whatever the weather.

Our ‘Spirit’ is a thread that flows through everything we believe in and do. It is the foundation and building block of every child’s learning and care that they experience whilst attending our pre-school.

We have a team of 14 dedicated members of staff who set out to provide excellent standards of quality care, learning and play. Our staff are qualified in all aspects of childcare and have a passion for working with children; having been recruited on the basis of their professional qualifications and personal qualities.

We provide care and education for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years for 38 weeks per year, term time only. We accept government funded places for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds for 15 and 30 hours per week and families are able to top-up their sessions by self-funding.

We are passionate about children and having fun through play and learning. We enjoy making up stories, singing rhymes and getting messy with creative activities. Our children come from a range of backgrounds and speak many different languages. At Rainbow Pre-school we celebrate diversity.

Children are offered a healthy snack during their session, consisting of a variety of fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates and a choice of milk and water. Children who attend all day are required to bring in a healthy and nutritional packed lunch.

Our 2021/2022 Prospectus

‘When we succeed in giving every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow.’ Development Matters - 2021

Our kids wouldn’t have got to where they are through the last year and a half without all of you wonderful people

Kerry Davis, Parent, 2021
You are all amazing and care so much about the children. I completely trusted my two children going there and always felt at ease when I was away from them. They’ve grown and learnt so much from going to Rainbow
Anonymous, Parent, 2021
You’ve helped shape my child into the sweet little gentleman he is becoming and prepared him for “big school”. Thank you ever so much, he has grown up so much.
Anonymous, Parent, 2021
My child loves playing indoors and outdoors and enjoys all the options available
Anonymous, Parent, 2022
My child loves it here, if my child is happy I am happy
Anonymous, Parent, 2022

I feel like my child has improved so much since coming to pre-school and has so much more confidence. I am so happy I decided to put my child into pre-school and they get excited when they know it is pre-school day

Anonymous, Parent, 2022

Great place, where my child is safe, happy and looked after very well. He loves his teachers who are very professional and friendly. I always get feedback about my child’s day and behaviour. There are many observations saved on tapestry which is very nice because I can see what my child does in pre-school and I can see the progress he makes. Teachers are always keen to advise and discuss if any concerns. We are extremely happy with this preschool

Anonymous, Parent, 2022
Very nice staff and environment, my child likes going to school
Anonymous, Parent, 2022

My child is very happy at Rainbow and has made huge improvement with his speech and language. He has so much more confidence overall and has been making great friendships.

Anonymous, Parent, 2022
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