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Welcome to Crosfield Rainbow Group


Rainbow Group is part of Crosfield Nursery and is specifically for children with Special Educational needs and or Disability (SEND) and medical conditions, aged 2-4 years. Places at Rainbow Group are allocated via the Local Authority, following set criteria.


Rainbow Group operates during term time only.


When a place is allocated for your child staff will contact you to arrange a settling in programme. Staff will talk with you about your child’s development and individual needs in a transition meeting. A home visit will also be offered as well as settling in sessions when you will accompany your child to nursery.


Your child will be allocated a member of staff who will establish a significant relationship with you and your child. This member of staff will greet you and your child at the start of each session and give you feedback at home time. This member of staff will show you where to sign your child in and out of our attendance register. This person will also collect together written observations and photos of your child to share with you at regular intervals.


The lead Teacher and SEND Co-ordinator in the nursery is Rachel Le who will provide Individual Support Plan targets for your child in consultation with all the other professionals involved in your child’s care. These targets will be reviewed with you approximately once every six weeks.


Meet the Rainbow Group Team

Executive Head Teacher     Jaqi Stevenson

SEND Coordinator              Rachel Le

Early Years Educator          Lisa Wade

Early Years Educator          Sarah Williams

Early Years Educator          Shamini Cohen

Early Years Educator         Trish King

Early Years Assistant         Dawn McFarland

Early Years Assistant         Kirsti Gabriel

Admin Support                    Clare Davis



The children in the Rainbow Group are supported by a full-time nurse to cater for their medical needs.


The Rainbow Group has support from a Speech and Language Therapist and a Physiotherapist. Many other professionals give support and advice to meet children’s needs.


The Rainbow Group sessions are flexible to suit the needs of families. All children are offered 15 hours of sessions.


Session times:

5 mornings 8.45 am – 11.45 am

5 afternoons 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm

3 days 9.45 am - 2.45 pm


The team follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum which is tailor-made to meet the individual needs of each child through assessment, observation and planning.


Throughout snack times and the lunchtime period, staff support the dietary needs of all the children; this enables them to join in a ‘social mealtime experience’ with their peers. Staff receive eating and drinking training via the speech and language therapist. Staff are also experienced with gastronomy and NG tube feeding and work closely with the nurse to support children with these needs. Staff are trained to support children who require oxygen, and also to support children who have epilepsy requiring rescue medicine.