Rainbow Children’s Centre Ballina

About Us

Rainbow Childrens Centre is situated in the beautiful Northern Rivers area of East Ballina. We are tucked away behind the shopping complex and main thoroughfare where we enjoy a quiet and peaceful outlook over the reserve, we are surrounded by many large Eucalypt, Tuckeroo and Cadagi trees, which all add to our beautiful and generous natural outdoor play environment.

Our natural environment is a strong influence on our play based learning program, providing many opportunities for children to delight in and learn through exploration, active social play and their inherent curiosity to learn about the world they live in.

First established in 1986, Rainbow is community based, not for profit organisation that continues to offer high quality education and care for children birth – 6 years in our long day care program, as well as our Out of School Hours Care programs for school age children. Our programs are focused around the individual and group interests of children, as well as the developmental needs of each child. We focus strongly on children being able to make choices about their day, their learning experiences and who they spend time with. These choices are supported by educators and assist children’s developing sense of belonging and autonomy in the Rainbow environment.

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Our play based, child focused program, reflects children’s interests and enthusiasm for learning

Our Educational Programs

Rainbow Education Care is a long day care program providing education and care to children from babies to five year olds prior to school.

Possum (Birth - 3 Years)

Work in partnerships with families and their child to create a safe and nurturing environment…

Pippi (2 - 4 Years)

Focus on supporting toddlers and preschoolers to follow their emerging ideas and interests through… 

Kookaburra (3 - 5 Years)

The Kookaburra room educators provide a child centered and inclusive Preschool Program. 

Before and After

School Care

Out of School Hours Care

Rainbow Out of School Hours Care (OOSHC) services  – a place to have fun, be active and explore their potential. Our child-focused, stimulating activities reflect kids’ interests.  Nutritious snacks provided (for before and after school care) to fuel for learning and playing with friends.  Fun based excursions and projects are provided during vacation care. Our staff maintain a safe, nurturing environment, and with our qualified and experienced team members we can ensure each child will enjoy their time with us, make new friends  and benefit from the learning experiences.

4 Handy Locations in Ballina

  • East Ballina OOSHC – at Southern Cross K-12 School, Chickiba Drive East Ballina.
  • Central Ballina OOSHC – at Ballina Public School, Martin St Ballina.
  • Lennox Head OOSHC – at Lennox Public School Byron St Lennox Head.
  • Teven Tintenbar OOSHC – at Teven Tintenbar Public School Fredericks Lane Tintenbar

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02 6686 6621

Here’s what parents are saying.

Parents Comments

Kate & Andrew


I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and all of the wonderful staff at Rainbow for the care you provide Ivy and Leo.

Over the past year Ivy has flourished under the care of the amazing carers in the Pippi room. She adores coming to daycare, it is one of her happy and safe places. She has made many friends, particularly over the past few months and we are delighted with how happy and content she is in the environment.

I would also like to give thanks to the carers in the Possum room for the kindness and support they have provided to Leo.

Finally, I would like to thank your staff for being an endless wealth of knowledge and support for us throughout the year.

Caroline & David


Our family have had a relationship with Rainbow for nearly 3 years with both our daughters attending the Long Day Care service.

It was an easy decision for us to send our girls to Rainbow – we were drawn to the great outdoor space, the higher than required educator to children ratio, and the number of educators who are qualified early childhood teachers.

It is also a true not-for-profit Childcare Centre with a focus on investing in the children’s education program and service.

We have always found the educators responsive and approachable and to truly care about the children. They work very hard to make the program enjoyable and engaging for the children on a daily basis.

Our eldest daughter has just completed the preschool program and is very confident and well prepared for her transition to Kindergarten. She will greatly miss her Rainbow friends and teachers.

We would highly recommend Rainbow Children’s Centre to other parents.

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Contact Details


4 John Sharpe Street, East Ballina NSW 2478.


02 6686 6621