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

      Reading Time

    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.


    The setting keeps a record of achievement for each child partly in a paper folder and partly online journal. Staff and parents working together on their children's records of achievement is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well being and to make progress


    We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them; Tapestry online journal is a key tool in this process.

    We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development. We use a ‘focus week’ process to ensure children are regularly observed and their next steps are planned for effectively. We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records.

    These form part of the children’s ‘All about Me’ records of achievement, the 2 year check and required tracking information. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school

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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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