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We are an independent pre-school that opened in 1988. Our family run pre-school provides childcare for up to 44 children per session, on the Wordsworth Primary School site in Shirley, Southampton.

We have a team of 19 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. We accept government funded places for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds for 15 and 30 hours per week. We are open for 38 weeks per year, term time only.

We are able to offer an organised and well-planned indoor and outdoor environment that provides maximum opportunity for interactive learning through play whatever the weather.

At Rainbow Pre-school we offer children a snack during their session, this consists of a variety of fruit and vegetables, carbohydrate and a choice of milk and water. Children who attend all day are required to bring in a healthy lunch box, children are not permitted to bring in any nut products, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks.

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

Fundamental British Values

The Prevent Duty became law in 2015. This is a duty on all schools and registered Early Years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism.

To meet our responsibilities regarding The Prevent Duty, Rainbow Preschool Southampton Limited implement and promote the fundamental British values through all our practice, curriculum values and our community links.

What are British values?

Democracy – decisions making

We encourage children to see their role in the world as a positive contributor, encourage children to know their views are valued and really count. We teach these skills by giving children choice, at snack time and with the activities and resources available to them. We encourage children to vote with a show of hands, take turns and work together. Encouraging children to think for themselves and ask questions, where they know their voice will be valued.

The rule of law – understanding and valuing rules

We support children in understanding rules and expectations. Ensuring children understand their own behaviour and the behaviour of others’ has consequences, supporting children to learn to distinguish between right from wrong.

The children at Preschool help create Golden rules, these rules are revisited on a regular basis to check they are still relevant, and to act as a constant reminder to the behaviour expectations of the setting.

Individual liberty – freedom

We support children in developing a positive sense of self, self-knowledge, self-worth and provide opportunities to develop their confidence in their own abilities. We provide opportunities for children to take safe risks, and carry out their own risk assessments before playing outside.

We talk to children about their feelings, and equip them with the vocabulary needed to explore their feelings, reflect on their thoughts and to understand that’s others may have a different opinion.

Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs – treat others as you would want to be treated

We promote an inclusive atmosphere where tolerance of others views, faiths, cultures and religious beliefs are respected and valued.

Through our activities we encourage discussion on similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We incorporate festivals, celebrations and experiences through our curriculum planning. We challenge stereotypes through the activities and resources we provide on a daily basis.

We will not tolerate behaviours and comments that contradict the fundamental British Values. And will actively challenge and educate such views.

For further information please refer to our Equal Opportunities policy.

Preschool in Shirley, Southampton | Rainbow Preschools