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 from 1 Septmeber 2019: £5.00 (all ages)

Lunch Club from 1 September 2019:     £5.00 (all ages)       

Cost per hour until 31 August 2019:      £4.50 (all ages)

Lunch Club until 31 August 2019:          £4.50 (all ages)

Fees Fees are normally paid in advance every term and invoices are issued in the first half of term. Fees are as outlined above unless Early Years Funding can be claimed for your child. 

Fees are payable for every day on which a child is registered to attend and will not be waived for illness or holiday. If you wish to pay in instalments, arrangements can be made with the Financial Administrator. 

Parents who may have difficulty paying the fee should talk to Allison Tomlin, in confidence, to enquire about the possibility of an assisted place. 

The fees are set by the Committee at their discretion and may be increased from time to time as necessity dictates. The Committee will endeavour to give a half term’s notice of their intention to raise the fee. 

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. 

Short-notice session hourly rate effective from 1 September 2019:  £6.50

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 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).