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.
We acknowledge our beautiful Centre is built on the land of the Nyangbul people of the Bundjalung nation and pay our respects to this sharing of place where we live, learn and play together.
First established in 1986, Rainbow is a 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.
We believe a strong relationship between home and our services are vital, we are proactive in encouraging and promoting family involvement and participation in our programs and management committee. Communication between educators and family is crucial to the well being of children and we recognise children benefit most when the child’s family and the service work in partnership, we actively work with this goal in mind. This creates an environment where the child and family experience a sense of belonging, feel supported and is therefore the foundation to fostering a strong understanding of the goals within the program by all stakeholders.