The Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the structure of the nursery’s planning and children’s learning folders. These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

For further details about the Early Years Foundation Stage, please click here

Rainbow’s learning journals

Learning journals are used to collect and record memories and developmental stages that your child will make during their time at Rainbow. Within the folders using photographs and art work we can capture precious moments that you can treasure forever, as well as relevant observations and tracking forms.

Rainbow’s Key Person Approach

Children develop and grow quickly in the Early Years and Rainbow’s early years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. Development is not an automatic process, however it does depend on each child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
At Rainbow each of our children are individual and unique, we value each and every child’s abilities. To ensure your child’s needs are enhanced and nurtured, each child has their own key person who will identify, support and guide them through their early years at Rainbow.

Extra Activities

At Rainbow Day Nursery we aim to offer our children as many different activities and opportunities to allow them to experience and learn through a range of social skills, language skills and above all learning through play.

Our additional activities are tailored to each age group and planned around children’s interest.

The life cycle of a baby chick

During the spring term the children had the delightful experience of watching the life cycle Prospectus-image10of a baby chick. All the children at Rainbow were able to watch as the baby chicks hatched and grew over a two week period. The chicks provided a fantastic hands-on opportunity for all our children to learn how chicks hatch, develop and are cared for. The children were able to touch and handle the chicks and activities were planned around our chicks to
enhance their experience.

Our local library

Exploring the world of story books and story telling is an important part of our day to day routine here at Rainbow Day Nursery. We are fortunate to have our local library close by, enabling us to make regular trips for story sessions and where children are able to select books and bring them back to share with their peers. Stories and story telling activities happen on a daily basis in both small and large groups and children are encouraged to act out their ideas using puppets and storytelling props.


Prospectus-image3spring a selection of seeds and plants are planted by the children who are taught the importance of care and nurture of plants. The garden hosts a water butt which allows the children to take full responsibility of watering and caring for their plants. A mix of edible and sensory plants are grown to show the children a range of planting. During harvesting of our crops the produce is incorporated in our cooking activities for children to taste and understand the satisfaction of producing their home grown food.

Nursery Outing

We provide children with regular nursery outings to extend and enhance their learning and development. Trips to the local park, library and shops allow children to extend their knowledge and help develop their five senses as well as an awareness of their local community. Every year our children participate in the annual charity Toddlethon held in Poole Park. Supporting local charities help children to feel valued and part of their own community