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After a very difficult decision, I have decided to close Rainbow from today.

I value our children, parents, grandparents and my staff very much, and feel that their safety is of utmost importance during this time.

Thank you to all of our parents for being so understanding, your kind thoughts and genuine concern has been overwhelming.

I would also like to thank the Rainbow girls for all of their hard work and support during the past few weeks.

Please - stay in, stay safe and we will see you all soon.

Hilary and team. 🌈❤️
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Thinking of you all at this time. We will get back together soon ❤️

Hopefully see you all really soon! Amazing girls 🥰

Keep safe!

Love you all, Hilary you have an amazing team, keep safe and will see you all soon xx

Thankyou Hilary and everyone at rainbow.. this will be the longest break we’ve had in 13 years! Take care of yourselves and your families and hopefully see yous soon xx

Absolutely gutted for you all and the kids RoRo is too young to understand but we will be back very very soon the girls are jst the best bunch and RoRo adores you all Hilary your a strong lady chin up xx

My wee one will miss you all take care everyone sending love to you all 🙂 <3 xx

Take care everyone. We will miss you all! Isla is missing her Finn already! 😂xx

Thanks to all the staff for all you do, hopefully be back soon! Take care ❤️

Take care of yourselves...you are a great bunch of girls ..and can't wait for the day we see you all again ♥️

Stay safe girls, you are an amazing bunch of girls 😘❤️

To Hilary and her wonderful team Take care and stay safe

Thinking of everyone at Rainbow , stay safe and we’ll see you soon xx

Thinking of you all, you are amazing xx

Girls heartbreaking! Please stay safe everyone wee Finn misses all his girls already 💔❤️❤️❤️❤️🌈 see you all on the other side for some serious rainbow cuddles xxx

Love to all of you at Rainbow, keep safe and we will see you back again soon xoxo

See you soon girls.... Thank yous for everything ❤️

Take good care of yourselves and we will see you all very soon 🤗 Xx

Stay safe ladies ❤️ xxx

Take care, and hopefully cu all soon xx

Stay safe everybody ❤️

Thinking of you all Hilary, see you very soon. Take care!

Stay safe girls ❤

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Thank you to Cathie and Josephine, from Larne library, who called in yesterday for stories, rhythm and rhyme. Our toddlers and pre-schoolers particularly enjoyed learning the new rhymes. 🎵 🎶 📚 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Cathie and Josephine, from Larne library, who called in yesterday for stories, rhythm and rhyme. Our toddlers and pre-schoolers particularly enjoyed learning the new rhymes. 🎵 🎶 📚

You can’t have no pancakes on Pancake Tuesday! 🥞

Our toddlers, pre-schoolers and after-schoolers had a busy day of mixing flour, eggs, sugar and milk to make a very tasty treat for snack.

Mixing the pancake batter was tough, but luckily we had lots of helpers. 💪🏼 🥞🥞🥞
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You can’t have no pancakes on Pancake Tuesday! 🥞 

Our toddlers, pre-schoolers and after-schoolers had a busy day of mixing flour, eggs, sugar and milk to make a very tasty treat for snack.

Mixing the pancake batter was tough, but luckily we had lots of helpers. 💪🏼 🥞🥞🥞

❤️ A recipe for love: A spoonful of smiles, a jar of joy, a cup of kindness and a handful of hugs. ❤️

We hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. 💝

The pre-schoolers spent their morning making yummy shortbread, playing our favourite party games and dancing along to our favourite songs.
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❤️ A recipe for love: A spoonful of smiles, a jar of joy, a cup of kindness and a handful of hugs. ❤️

We hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. 💝

The pre-schoolers spent their morning making yummy shortbread, playing our favourite party games and dancing along to our favourite songs.

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Rowan must have heard them all singing because he came home today singing Miss Polly had a dolly and ring a ring a rosies x

There was a lot of excitement to see the snow on the hills, but also a bit of disappointment that there was none at Rainbow! ☹️ 🏔

The children did a special snow dance whilst chanting, “snow, snow, come to Rainbow!” 🌨

We couldn’t understand why our special snow dance wasn’t working, but we kept on dancing. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏻‍♂️

Eventually, our magic worked! The hills turned a bit ‘foggy’ and then we could see the snow coming our way! 🤗 🌨

It was great to see their excited faces. 😊. Pity there wasn’t enough to build snowmen! ☃️
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There was a lot of excitement to see the snow on the hills, but also a bit of disappointment that there was none at Rainbow! ☹️ 🏔 

The children did a special snow dance whilst chanting, “snow, snow, come to Rainbow!” 🌨

We couldn’t understand why our special snow dance wasn’t working, but we kept on dancing. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏻‍♂️

Eventually, our magic worked! The hills turned a bit ‘foggy’ and then we could see the snow coming our way! 🤗 🌨

It was great to see their excited faces. 😊. Pity there wasn’t enough to build snowmen! ☃️

‼️Final reminder!‼️

Pre-school applications must be processed by 12 noon today.

❗️Birth certificates must be handed in to your first preference by Thursday 7th February.
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‼️Final reminder!‼️

Pre-school applications must be processed by 12 noon today.

❗️Birth certificates must be handed in to your first preference by Thursday 7th February.

More winter activities in the pre-school room ❄️

⛄️ We have been using transparent cups to build ice castles. During play, the children have to use a very steady hand when balancing the cups. We have been discussing the height and width of each castle and also using comparative language. The Frozen characters added another element of fun as some children acted out parts of the film, whilst some children made up their own stories. We also reflected back to our visit to St MacNissis PS where we got to see this great idea first.

🧊 We have been looking at similarities and differences in pictures, toys and ourselves.

❄️ We dipped potatoes and our fingers into paint to make “snowmen,” “snowgirl” and “snowmummy” pictures.

🥶 Playing with ice makes our hands REALLY cold, but it has been such a fun learning experience. We have learned that water needs very cold temperatures to turn it to ice. We found out that the freezer was much better than the fridge at making ice. We made predictions to what we thought would happen to the ice when brought out of the freezer, to which we discovered that ice does not like warm temperatures! We also noticed that smaller pieces of ice melted quicker than larger pieces and that ice turns back to water.

🐧 The children have continued to develop concepts of size when building icebergs for the winter animals at the dough table. They had to ensure that the icebergs were big enough for the animals to stand on.

🌨 As children have been comparing, they have also been copying and matching - copying some letters within their names, copying pictures when drawing and matching numbers.
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More winter activities in the pre-school room ❄️ 

⛄️ We have been using transparent cups to build ice castles. During play, the children have to use a very steady hand when balancing the cups. We have been discussing the height and width of each castle and also using comparative language. The Frozen characters added another element of fun as some children acted out parts of the film, whilst some children made up their own stories. We also reflected back to our visit to St MacNissis PS where we got to see this great idea first.

🧊 We have been looking at similarities and differences in pictures, toys and ourselves.

❄️ We dipped potatoes and our fingers into paint to make “snowmen,” “snowgirl” and “snowmummy” pictures.

🥶 Playing with ice makes our hands REALLY cold, but it has been such a fun learning experience. We have learned that water needs very cold temperatures to turn it to ice. We found out that the freezer was much better than the fridge at making ice. We made predictions to what we thought would happen to the ice when brought out of the freezer, to which we discovered that ice does not like warm temperatures! We also noticed that smaller pieces of ice melted quicker than larger pieces and that ice turns back to water.

🐧 The children have continued to develop concepts of size when building icebergs for the winter animals at the dough table. They had to ensure that the icebergs were big enough for the animals to stand on.

🌨 As children have been comparing, they have also been copying and matching - copying some letters within their names, copying pictures when drawing and matching numbers.

‼️One more week before the online pre-school application portal closes for parents.‼️

All applications must be in by 12 noon on Thursday 30th January 2020. Any applications after this will be marked as late. Please remember to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the nursery as soon as possible. 😊
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‼️One more week before the online pre-school application portal closes for parents.‼️

All applications must be in by 12 noon on Thursday 30th January 2020. Any applications after this will be marked as late. Please remember to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the nursery as soon as possible. 😊

The pre-school room has had a very busy 2 weeks back after Christmas!

We have been learning all about Winter and its characteristics! ⛄️ ❄️ 🧊 🧣 🧤 🧥

During some of the activities children have been:-

🐧 Exploring mouldable foam soap and icing.

🐧 Discussing dangers when using kettles, teapots and irons, and why only adults can use them.

🐧 Painting pictures of Jack Frost and patterns like the ones he created in the story book. Although children create their own, individual art work, on some occasions they work in groups to help decorate templates. Through this, they are learning to value each other’s work and to share ideas with each other. Team work also carried over to other activities as children created and shared ideas when playing in the roleplay area, making snowflakes at the finger gym and building snowmen with dough.

🐧 The children got to taste lime...it wasn’t a popular fruit, though a few asked for more, and it made some of us pull funny faces!

🐧 We got to make a lot of noise with the instruments! The children were also able to differentiate between loud / quiet and fast / slow as they played.

🐧 We hope everyone enjoyed their melted snowmen biscuits. The children discussed how the icing felt sticky and tasted sweet and that too much sugar is bad for our teeth and bodies!

We’ve had no snow so far, but plenty of wind, rain, ice and freezing temperatures! The children helped to tidy our discovery garden after storm Brendan!
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They made an assault course to help keep them warm as they moved about.
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We watched how the water’s surface rippled in the wind and how the windmill spun round fast when the wind blew strong!

Wonder what we’ll be learning about next week! 🧊
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The pre-school room has had a very busy 2 weeks back after Christmas! 

We have been learning all about Winter and its characteristics! ⛄️ ❄️ 🧊 🧣 🧤 🧥 

During some of the activities children have been:- 

🐧 Exploring mouldable foam soap and icing.

🐧 Discussing dangers when using kettles, teapots and irons, and why only adults can use them.

🐧 Painting pictures of Jack Frost and patterns like the ones he created in the story book. Although children create their own, individual art work, on some occasions they work in groups to help decorate templates. Through this, they are learning to value each other’s work and to share ideas with each other. Team work also carried over to other activities as children created and shared ideas when playing in the roleplay area, making snowflakes at the finger gym and building snowmen with dough.

🐧 The children got to taste lime...it wasn’t a popular fruit, though a few asked for more, and it made some of us pull funny faces! 

🐧 We got to make a lot of noise with the instruments! The children were also able to differentiate between loud / quiet and fast / slow as they played.

🐧 We hope everyone enjoyed their melted snowmen biscuits. The children discussed how the icing felt sticky and tasted sweet and that too much sugar is bad for our teeth and bodies!

We’ve had no snow so far, but plenty of wind, rain, ice and freezing temperatures! The children helped to tidy our discovery garden after storm Brendan! 
🌬
They made an assault course to help keep them warm as they moved about.
🌬
We watched how the water’s surface rippled in the wind and how the windmill spun round fast when the wind blew strong!

Wonder what we’ll be learning about next week! 🧊

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Have a look at what the toddlers have been up to this week.

❄ Winter. ❄

We have been learning about Winter. Even though we haven’t had real snow yet, it was so much fun getting to make our own snow. We enjoyed making our handprints in the snow and filling up our cups! We made some snow balls and even pretended it was snowing in the toddler room.

☃🥶
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Have a look at what the toddlers have been up to this week. 

❄ Winter. ❄ 

We have been learning about Winter. Even though we haven’t had real snow yet, it was so much fun getting to make our own snow. We enjoyed making our handprints in the snow and filling up our cups! We made some snow balls and even pretended it was snowing in the toddler room. 

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Would love to highly recommend this place my 2 yr old loves it 💙💯💙💯💙

Great pics guys looks so much fun!!😁😁

Just a reminder that the pre-school application portal opens for parents tomorrow. 📝

If you didn’t make it to our open morning and would like to view the nursery, please contact us to arrange a day to visit.

Follow the link for more information / guidance on the admissions process: www.eani.org.uk/admissions-guides/pre-school-admissions-guide/start-your-application-0

If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 😊
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Just a reminder that the pre-school application portal opens for parents tomorrow. 📝 

If you didn’t make it to our open morning and would like to view the nursery, please contact us to arrange a day to visit.

Follow the link for more information / guidance on the admissions process: https://www.eani.org.uk/admissions-guides/pre-school-admissions-guide/start-your-application-0

If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 😊

🎇 Happy New Year from everyone at Rainbow! 🎆

May this new year be filled with lots more fun, laughter and good memories. 😊
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🎇 Happy New Year from everyone at Rainbow! 🎆 

May this new year be filled with lots more fun, laughter and good memories. 😊

We would like to wish all of our parents and children a very Merry Christmas and also to say a big thank your for all the lovely gifts that we received, spoilt girls indeed. 🎄🎁

May your Christmas be filled with lots of happy memories with your families. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 ❤️ 📷

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2020.

Finally, just one more sleepy night.....🎅🏼🎄🦌
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We would like to wish all of our parents and children a very Merry Christmas and also to say a big thank your for all the lovely gifts that we received, spoilt girls indeed. 🎄🎁 

May your Christmas be filled with lots of happy memories with your families. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 ❤️ 📷 

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2020.

Finally, just one more sleepy night.....🎅🏼🎄🦌

We’re not sure about the children, but all of the Rainbow staff are shattered after a day of partying! 🎉

We started the party with a game of musical chairs. 🪑 The children were able to recall back to our Halloween party and discuss the rules of the game.

The children also discussed the ghost, ghost, boo game, our Halloween version of duck, duck, goose. They helped to adapt the game to link in with our Christmas theme by suggesting the words Santa, Santa, present - what a fantastic idea, we had so much fun. 🎅🏼 🎁 The children were also developing their memory skills as they had to try and pick a friend who didn’t have a turn.

We then sang and carried out actions to the reindeer Hokey Cokey 🦌 and also had a Christmas dance off! 💃 🕺🏽

Finally, we had a special visitor....🎅🏼
Thankfully Santa said that we are all on the good list and he was really pleased to receive a present from us. Santa also told us that we have to go to bed early on Christmas Eve and that we aren’t allowed up any earlier than 8am on Christmas morning....🤔

6 more sleepy nights.....🤗
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We’re not sure about the children, but all of the Rainbow staff are shattered after a day of partying! 🎉 

We started the party with a game of musical chairs. 🪑 The children were able to recall back to our Halloween party and discuss the rules of the game. 

The children also discussed the ghost, ghost, boo game, our Halloween version of duck, duck, goose. They helped to adapt the game to link in with our Christmas theme by suggesting the words Santa, Santa, present - what a fantastic idea, we had so much fun. 🎅🏼 🎁 The children were also developing their memory skills as they had to try and pick a friend who didn’t have a turn.

We then sang and carried out actions to the reindeer Hokey Cokey 🦌 and also had a Christmas dance off! 💃 🕺🏽

Finally, we had a special visitor....🎅🏼
Thankfully Santa said that we are all on the good list and he was really pleased to receive a present from us. Santa also told us that we have to go to bed early on Christmas Eve and that we aren’t allowed up any earlier than 8am on Christmas morning....🤔

6 more sleepy nights.....🤗

Well done to our super pre-school children who performed in our Christmas concert, ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ yesterday and today. 🎄🎅🏼🤶🏼🦌🎁 🙌🏼 👏🏼

It’s not easy sitting with a lot of eyes watching us, but they all took it in their stride and carried on.

We hope everyone enjoyed our little twist on the story. During rehearsals, the children helped by giving their own ideas, which made the play that little bit extra special. ❤️ Also, the singing was the best that we’ve ever heard! 🎤 🎶

Now to celebrate such a big achievement at our party tomorrow....just one more sleepy night! 😴 🎉 🥳
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Well done to our super pre-school children who performed in our Christmas concert, ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ yesterday and today. 🎄🎅🏼🤶🏼🦌🎁 🙌🏼 👏🏼 

It’s not easy sitting with a lot of eyes watching us, but they all took it in their stride and carried on.

We hope everyone enjoyed our little twist on the story. During rehearsals, the children helped by giving their own ideas, which made the play that little bit extra special. ❤️ Also, the singing was the best that we’ve ever heard! 🎤 🎶 

Now to celebrate such a big achievement at our party tomorrow....just one more sleepy night! 😴 🎉 🥳

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Well done everyone 🎄🎅🏻

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