About

Rainbow is based in the Centre of Tel Aviv, with the preschool located on on Ha-Avoda Street and the baby and toddler units both on Ehad Ha’Am Street, all in the Shenkin Street Area.

We have FOUR key programmes; which cater for different groups:

  • The Baby Unit for ages 2 months to 15 months which provides full day care (7:30 to 4:30/5:30), 52 weeks a year, 5 days a week, with optional Fridays
  • The Toddler Unit  for children aged 1 to two and a half years which provides full day care (7:30 to 4:30/5:30), 52 weeks a year, 5 days a week, with optional Fridays
  • The Pre-School Unit for children aged 2 to 4 years, providing full day care (7:30 to 4:30/5:30), 52 weeks a year, 5 days a week, with optional Fridays
  • The Playgroup which is a mornings only programme from 8.00 until 12:30, for group of children from 2 to 3 years, 10 months of the year, municipality term time only.
  • The Afternoons and Holidays programme is for children who are 3 to 5 years old, from 2pm each day until 4:30/5:30, and playscheme/Keytana during holidays. Many children attending this programme also attend a municipality gan

We have a mix of English and Hebrew speaking staff who support our bilingual philosophy. Our books, play materials and toys are a mix of Hebrew and English, providing a rich bi-lingual environment reinforcing both English and Hebrew simultaneously as equally important languages. Half our staff members are native English speakers, and speak only English with the children, and the other half are native Israeli, speaking only Hebrew. The gan is suitable for children who come from bilingual (or trilingual) families AND those who speak only ONE language at home. There is a significant research that shows the benefits for all children of being exposed to an additional language from a young age.

We have a strong commitment to diversity, and support the children in understanding, and celebrating different kinds of families.

 We believe

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

Children develop quickly in the early years, and our early years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children have a right, spelled out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,
 to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities. Our aim is to foster children’s sense of identity and positive self image, showing how we value and embrace each child and family’s background, parenting arrangements, ethnicity and culture.

 The framework

We believe that learning and development is holistic and it is important that all aspects of learning and development are integrated. Also, it is important that planning, structured activities and learning experiences are individualized and meet the needs of the ‘individual’ child, rather than just the group. In order to support effective learning and development, we are following the Early Years Foundation Stage

 Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and

Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Click here to download the parents guide to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) EYFS Parent Guide