Rainbow Childcare Centre

Name Rainbow Childcare Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 March 2020
Address 121 Ninfield Road, Sidley, BEXHILL-ON-SEA, East Sussex, TN39 5BD
Phone Number 01424724370
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children are at the heart of all that happens at this nursery. The management team leads the dedicated staff with the utmost integrity to create a place where children and their families are safe to play, learn and flourish together. Children, and especially babies, form exceptionally close bonds with staff and feel a strong sense of belonging. Babies and young children are exceptionally curious and motivated learners. On arrival, they eagerly greet each other and staff. Children chat excitedly about activities and very quickly begin playing and exploring. Babies show their contentment as they crawl confidently to investigate toys within this inspirational environment. Children benefit greatly and really enjoy being involved in the local community. Leaders and staff are utterly committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. There is a strong connection to the local community, which is celebrated and strengthened through regular outings and visits. For example, staff and children enjoy trips to visit the local residents in their care home as part of an intergenerational project. Children gain an excellent understanding of the wider world. The expectations for what children know and can achieve are exceptionally high. Children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, make rapid and sustained progress in their development. They are safe and emotionally secure, resulting in superb behaviour.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

nStaff recognise the important role that language plays in supporting all children’s confidence and self-esteem. They implement a highly impressive range of techniques to help children to develop excellent communication and language skills. For instance, they focus on a carefully selected group of children’s storybooks for a period of time and successfully intertwine elements from the familiar stories into children’s daily experiences and activities. Children have developed an amazing vocabulary and confidently use words such as ’gritty’ and ’squelching’ within their interactions and play.nThe staff develop interesting displays of children’s favourite books and stories. Children take home bags filled with a book and exciting story props. This has helped to significantly increase children’s love of reading, as well as engaging parents to promote reading at home.nChildren show exceptionally high levels of engagement, can-do attitudes and incredible listening and attention skills. They are captivated as they listen to their friends while taking it in turns to contribute towards writing a story together. They excitedly anticipate what could come next, and then join in with actionsand acting out their story as it is read by the member of staff.nStaff provide children with many opportunities to develop their independence skills. As a result, even the youngest children take responsibility for their personal needs such as wiping their nose, following robust hygiene procedures and hanging up their coat as they come in from the garden. The older children are equally self-sufficient and, in addition, assess and manage small risks in the environment. For instance, children sweep sand from the floor to prevent anyone from slipping.nIn the outdoor area, children climb, run and jump confidently to test their varying physical skills. They work extremely well together, taking turns and sharing resources of their own accord. Children’s behaviour is excellent.nPartnership working with parents, staff and other agencies is exceptional and is highly effective in supporting children’s learning. Parents comment that staff are ’amazing’ and that the care is ’incredible’. Parents appreciate the excellent progress their children are making. They are thrilled with the communication they receive and the advice to support learning at home. Parents value the close bonds their children have with staff. They say that they trust staff completely and that attending the nursery is like ’being part of one big family’.nManagers and staff constantly reflect on their practice and identify things they can do better. Rigorous monitoring of teaching ensures that training needs are accurately identified and helps staff reflect on their strengths and identify things they can do better.nStaff feel extremely well supported by the management team. They relish the excellent opportunities to extend their continued professional development. For example, staff have attended training to enable them to support children’s physical development, core strength and balance. Managers recognise that the staff are their most valuable resource and provide excellent support for their professional and personal well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The safety and well-being of children are a shared priority of all staff. Managers and staff have an excellent understanding of safeguarding issues. They are knowledgeable about the specific issues that may affect children and families in their local area. They know how to take prompt and effective action should they have any concerns about children’s welfare. Staff know the exact procedures for reporting allegations and how to escalate concerns to professionals outside the nursery, if necessary. Staff have an exceptional knowledge of the signs that indicate a child may be at risk of harm.