Rainbow Comer Day Nursery was set up as a community day nursery in July 1984 in the Icknield School and Community Centre by Debbie Hemmins and Maureen Walker, with the support and co-operation of the School and Community Forum, which still continues today.

    In 2000, having outgrown the allocated space within the school, the management committee, staff and parents raised £65,000 - through a major fundraising campaign, District Council grants and a New Opportunities Lottery grant - to lease and refurbish the Anne Brown Centre.

    Since then the committee, parents and staff continue to improve the facilities whenever the need arises and in August 2010 Rainbow extended the premises to provide a large garden play room, milk kitchen and larger kitchen storage areas, this was funded largely by fundraising money. Rainbow continues to be run by a management committee of parents and local residents and is a registered charity any profit is used to provide the nursery, children, staff and parents with any additional materials or equipment required to ensure the nursery runs in a safe, stimulating and professional manner.


    Debbie Hemmins Manager, Sandra Hope Assistant Manager and the team of qualified staff are employed by the Management Committee to work on their behalf; regular reporting meetings are held throughout the year, with an A.G.M. held in March.

    Debbie Hemmins and Sandra Hope have 33 and 26 years respective experience and training in childcare both having started with childminding, then training to a Level 3 qualification. Rainbow has an above average number of qualified staff level 2 & 3 or equivalent qualification who are led by a qualified teacher. In addition all staff are trained in first aid and have food hygiene, Health & safety and safeguarding training. We pride ourselves on low staff turnover and collectively staff have decades of training and experience between them.

    We also work closely with our local children's centre providing parents with additional information and support. Children's Centre Website

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    The nursery is very aware of the importance of training and all staff are encouraged and supported in taking new and up to date training. We provide a staff and volunteer induction programme, perform twice yearly appraisals and all staff are DBS checked and hold paediatric first aid certificate. Students from the local schools and colleges also help in the nursery from time to time as part of their training.

    Staff ratios at Rainbow are always in accordance with the new national standards for child care but are often much higher to help aid the children's care and education.

       0 - 2 years 1 staff member for three children

       2 - 5 years 1 staff member for four/six children


    Rainbow uses a key person system, this system is in place to help settle your child and you into nursery life with a staff member they will see most of the time they are here.
Your child's key person will give extra attention to your child, gaining extra trust and friendship and will be responsible for keeping your child's records up to date.
They will not, however, be over protective or single out your child, and will give all children the same loving, high quality care and education.


    Staff compile development and achievement profiles on all our children. We use this information to track childrens development by using the early years tracking tool, this helps us analyse the data collected by children's key workers through their learning profiles and enables us to identify next steps for individual children but also to highlight key areas for development for groups of children. For children under 2 key people also complete a daily diary, which goes to and from home and nursery every day.

    These achievement profiles are sent home twice a year for parents to read and comment on, you are also welcome at these times to book a 10 minute appointment with either your child's/children's key worker or the room leader.

    Your child's key person or room leader will be happy to show you these records and discuss your child's development/care with you at any time during the year.

    Other regular records such as nappy lists, mealtime lists and sleep lists are on always on view within the nursery for parent to access whenever required.

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The Outside Play Area

    Rainbow is registered with and inspected by OFSTED and complies with the National Standards. We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and have PLA accreditation, we are also part of the Early Years Partnership.

    Rainbow is registered with and inspected by OFSTED and complies with the National Standards. We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and have PLA accreditation, we are also part of the Early Years Partnership.

    Our spacious bright and cheerful building houses an under 2's play area, sleep room, milk kitchen, pre-school learning room, large play area, garden activity room, toilets, fully fitted kitchen, two outside play areas,covered play areas, office and staff room. Our building is full of children's art and craftwork to provide the children with a sense of pride and belonging.

Playing Outside

    All children's needs are catered for from 2 months to 5 years within our warm, friendly and professional atmosphere. Our team of highly qualified staff take time to get to know each child and their parents and build a working relationship so that the child is happy, stimulated, educated and well cared for with regard to their own individual requirements.

    Parents are primarily the main carer and educators and our staff work alongside you as parents to provide daily information and advice with regard to your child's development, education and daily routines during nursery time. We operate a free flow system to the garden so that children can experience as much physical play as possible. Under 2's are taken in pushchairs for walks around the town, Local Park and to look at gardens, shops or to feed animals etc. The older children are taken shopping, for walks to look and find things to match our themes and projects, and taken to the park and school fields for extra space and exercise.

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