THE HISTORY OF RAINBOW HILL HOUSE NURSERY
Rainbow Hill House Childcare was created by husband and wife, Nej and Linda Jemal, 22 years ago when they could not find the ‘home from home’ environment they were looking for, for their own children, Deniz & Shanel.
Rainbow Hill House started as a small childminding business in Linda and Nej’s own home. However, the business grew rapidly and so in 2016 it was decided to move the setting into a larger, purpose built premises in Bounds Green.
Since then, the nursery has proven to be very popular and has continued to blossom and develop even further. Within our nursery we now have 4 dedicated rooms as well as a very unique soft play area. See inside our setting here!
THE WAY WE WORK
We take children on board from 3 months onwards and nurture them in a fun-filled learning environment where they are able to reach their full potential to gain the best possible start in life.
We put great emphasis on developing the children's confidence, self-esteem and independence from the beginning of the settling in period by ensuring the children feel safe and secure when attending nursery. We have an excellent and very effective key-person system in place which supports each child’s holistic development and enables children to explore their surroundings with confidence.
We believe that the views of the children are extremely important and therefore, one of the ways we respond to this is by putting great emphasis on following each individual child’s interests when planning or observing their development. Our theme of the week is also chosen by considering the interests of the children (as well as celebrations of various cultures) and each day at nursery, the children are given the opportunity to participate in various exciting activities.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
We feel very strongly about working closely, and developing close relationships with parents and carers to support and benefit each child.
At the beginning and end of each day, parents and carers should expect a full verbal handover by their child's key person. We do understand that some parents, carers, grandparents who, for example, have English as an additional language, may prefer their child's handover to be written down each day. This is no problem at all and your child's key person will be more than happy to help!
At the beginning of every month, we send out a monthly newsletter which contains any updates/news, advice on certain topics, highlights of the previous month, charity events and so on.
To update parents and carers throughout the day, we use a password protected website called ‘fledglings’ which enables each child’s key person to take photographs of the child on secured ipods and upload them to the website where parents and carers can gain access to view the regular updates.
We hold regular parent mornings to enable parents and carers to have longer discussions with their child’s key person about their development. These meetings are great with regards to addressing any concerns, queries or questions parents and carers may have.
WHERE ARE WE BASED?
We are based in Bounds Green (N11 2UT) which is an ideal location due to our excellent links to public transport. We are extremely close to Bounds Green Tube Station (Piccadilly Line) and New Southgate National Rail Station.
We are also within excellent distance to Muswell Hill, Arnos Grove, New Southgate and Friern Barnet. The nursery is also within walking distance to various primary schools, including Bowes Park and Bounds Green Primary School.
We are proud to offer delicious, freshly prepared, home-cooked meals. Take a look at our seasonal menu here!
Our last Ofsted inspection was in March 2018 when we received a ‘Good’ grading. Please see the Ofsted website for our full report.
CHILDREN NEED THEIR MOTHERS
After seeing the screening of the 'Jade Goody 10 years on' documentary, we were upset and shocked to read that the number of women attending their smear test has fallen to a 20 year low this year. We feel strongly about continuing Jade Goody's legacy by encouraging mothers to attend their smear tests because children need their mothers! To do this, we are offering one hour FREE CHILDCARE for all children in our community when their mothers need to attend a smear test appointment, (even if your child is not registered with us). This is to encourage mothers to attend their smear test when they would otherwise miss it due to lack of childcare.
THE IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOORS AND THE COMMUNITY
We put great emphasis on the outdoors, learning about the world around us and our local community by taking the children on regular trips to a number of places such as the library, park, garden centre, local farms and woods using public transport.
We also regularly invite local community services, such as the police, ambulance service, dentists to visit the nursery and talk to the children about various subjects.
We are proud to be part of the ‘TFL Stars’ which is an accreditation scheme to encourage and inspire children and their parents to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, well-being and the environment. We have recently achieved the gold award!