Session times:

Rainbow pre-school sessions for 3 to 4 year olds* run from 9.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Friday, with the following times available:

Morning session: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Morning session plus lunch club: 9.00am to 1.00pm

Afternoon session (including lunch club): 12.00pm to 3.00pm

All day (including lunch club): 9.00am to 3.00pm


Sunbeams sessions for 2 to 3 year olds* run in the mornings only, with the following times available:

Morning session: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Morning session plus lunch club: 9.00am to 1.00pm

*For details of our age criteria for this group please click here.

Lunch Club

Lunch club starts immediately after the morning session and runs from 12.00pm to 1.00pm. Children are required to bring a healthy packed lunch. During lunch club the children will be encouraged to sit together at a table and observe good table manners! After lunch there is usually time for some quiet play.

We offer a maximum of 30 spaces in Lunch Club. In the event that we are oversubscribed for Lunch Club, priority is offered to Rainbow children taking an all day session.

Session Fees

Cost per hour: £4.50 (all ages)

Lunch Club: £4.50 (all ages)


Short-notice sessions

For occasional extra sessions, we offer a short-notice service for children already enrolled with us. Subject to availability, short-notice sessions will be offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Please note that these sessions do not qualify for Early Years Funding and a rate of £6.00 per hour will apply. 


2018/19 Term dates:

Autumn Term 2018: 4th September to 19th December 

  • Half Term: 22nd to 26th October 

Spring Term 2019: 3rd January to 5th April 

  • Half Term: 18th to 22nd February

Summer Term 2019: 23rd April to 24th July 

  • Half Term: 27th - 31st May
Inset days

Please note that Rainbow will also be CLOSED on the following school inset days: 

  • 4th & 5th September 2018
  • 3rd & 4th January 2019
  • 24th May 2019

Rainbow will also be closed on Bank Holidays.



Early Years Funding (EYF)

Universal 15 hours - Early Years Funding is available to all children from the start of the term after their third birthday. Please note that the Department for Education (DfE) states that the terms run from 1 January, 1 April and 1 September, irrespective of the actual date term starts. The funding can be used for up to 15 hours per week.


Extended Entitlement 15 hours - Some parents may be eligible to a further 15 hours through EYF, called Extended Entitlement. To find out if you are eligible to receive the Extended Entitlement funded hours please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. You can apply for an Extended Entitlement code from the time your child reaches 2 years and 6 months old, although you won't be able to take up funding until the term after your child turns three years old (as per DfE rules).