The Rainbow Early Learning Centre was established in May 2001 to meet the needs of the local community. The Rainbow provides quality education and care programmes and facilities for children from age 6 months until they start school. The inside layout of the Rainbow provides maximum space and excellent visibility which helps to ensure child safety. The spacious outside play areas are designed to give your child a wide range of play experiences in a safe and natural environment.
The Rainbow emphasises Christian values to provide a warm, caring, supportive environment for families/whānau. Each child will receive individual attention and experiences, while at the same time have opportunities to be involved socially within group activities.
A developmentally appropriate programme catering for the needs of your child is provided in a fun loving atmosphere. The Rainbow’s curriculum is based on the Ministry of Education’s Te Whāriki strands and goals, and is taught from a Christian perspective in line with our “Special Character”.
In one of the paddocks adjacent to the Rainbow we have a small farmlet - our current animals are chickens, ducks and sheep - and in 2020 we aim to have a couple of goats as well. Our vegetable patches, composting and worm farm are also in this space - and we spend time out in the paddock most days enjoying and caring for our farm animals.
We also have other pets at the Rainbow; budgies and guinea pigs in the preschool, and fish and a friendly rabbit who hops around with the children in the Nursery.
We are fully licensed by the Ministry of Education and we have met their rigorous standards of safety, hygiene, equipment, and quality staff/child ratios.
What ERO have confirmed in November 2019
Children actively lead their own learning, empowering them to grow in competence and confidence physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. Teachers respond to individual learning needs through effective curriculum planning and assessment. Te ao Māori and Christian concepts are clearly aligned with outcomes from Te Whāriki to help determine learning. Māori children are well supported in their learning.
Assessment records children's strengths, interests and learning dispositions, and demonstrates progress in a range of contexts. Parents' and whānau aspirations for their children are known and valued. Teachers proactively learn about, and respond to, children's cultural values.
Teachers engage in positive, responsive relationships with children. Their conversations with children, which also incorporate some te reo Māori, meaningfully promote curiosity, social engagement and learning. Teachers provide authentic learning experiences that offer opportunities to learn within and about the local community. Children's sense of belonging is nurtured, with close whānau involvement, through individualised transitions into and within the service, and when moving on to school.
Infants experience warm, caring interactions with their key teachers. Their routines are calm and unhurried. The initiative of the child is respected, and their learning environment provides stimulation and challenge.
The centre's extensive learning environment supports curriculum implementation and makes use of many natural resources that invite exploration, wondering and creativity. Children experience the care of animals and sustainable practices that foster responsibility and gentleness. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their own and other's wellbeing and their environment.
Trustees, leaders and teachers demonstrate a strong, shared understanding of, and commitment to, the centre's Christian philosophy. They provide an inclusive education for children with diverse needs through their collaborative practices and continual learning. The Trust resources the centre well as part of its mission of service and equity in its community. Leaders and teachers provide emotional and practical support and advocacy for children and whānau. Children are valued, affirmed and celebrated for who they are and what they bring to their learning.
Centre leaders and teachers are active participants and contributors to the wider education community. This has led to improvements in building cultural responsiveness and positive transitions to school. Professional learning is enhanced by teacher inquiry practices and sharing new knowledge within the team.
The Rainbow is Well Placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.
Our key next steps are for leaders and teachers to continue to focus on:
Engaging with parents and whānau throughout the process of undertaking planned inquiries and evaluations for improvement.
Effectively evaluating service practices, including changes to practice, and key developments to determine the impact these have had on improving outcomes for children.