Rainbow (2-3 years)

Rainbow Room is based at our Henbury Court Children Centre and caters for children aged 2-3 years. We are based within the lower building of Henbury Court Academy school and have two classrooms as one class where we can have up to 28 children in one session. We work on a 1 to 4 ratio with the children and as we have a large space both indoors and outdoors the children have plenty of choice of what areas to explore. We offer sessional care to children with either morning or afternoon sessions with a snack time where the children can experience sharing food in group situations and explore new foods. We have an experienced team who care for the children with a mixture of graduates, Early Years practitioners, nursery assistants and apprentices making up our core team. We have a large outdoor classroom which is open during free play where children are encouraged to take their learning outside as well as inside, no matter what the weather.

Rainbow room is divided in to areas so that it can enable the children to explore, with a quieter side where children can explore books and communication. We also have a sensory area set up to allow children to explore and stimulate their senses. The other side of the room is where more creative resources can be found such as role play, construction and arts and crafts. We believe that children learn beat through play and follow the child’s lead to support their learning journey with adults there to support and scaffold. We plan through the children’s interests and look how we can help them develop further to reach their full potential. The team ensure that we have a wide range of resources that will support and enhance the children’s learning opportunities and we use a range of visual aids to support communication and understanding. Building the children’s lifelong learning skills is important at this age and we offer small group work where we can enable children to develop communication skills and confidence. We also run Forest school sessions so that we can build children’s self-esteem and self-worth through small achievable tasks and learning about boundaries and resilience.

Within Rainbow Room we feel this is an important stage were we support the children to become more independent and explore new skills, such as being independent at meal times, making choices, toilet training and dressing and undressing. We promote developing the children’s skills by working in partnership with parents and sharing ideas and strategies and supporting what is happening at home. Positive relationships with our parents is at the heart of what our team want to achieve, building strong bonds with the children’s main carers will help to us to know the child and support their development whist at children centre. We encourage parents to be part of their children’s learning through various ways such as parent meetings, encouraging them to add to learning diary, events where they can be part of their children’s day and daily handovers where we can have important time to share. As the rest of the centre we follow a key worker system to help build that bond for the parent/carer and child. The keyworker will observe your child and produce a learning diary of their time with us. The keyworker will be responsible for planning child centred activities and identifying interest and learning opportunities whilst promoting a fun environment. At the age of 2, your child’s key person will also complete a 2 year check report, enabling them to identify how best to help the children to make progress within their learning and development.

Rainbow room is a fun and exciting room full of endless opportunities with a team who are always willing to help and support the children and parent/carers.

Children’s voice:

  • I like playing on the slide, go really fast and playing in the sand and water …..in the house and playing on slide
  • I like painting, I painting my arm
  • I having picnic, lots food, cheese, onion