We are fully equipped to provide and encourage free flowing opportunities for children to learn and develop to their full potential.

We are registered with Ofsted who carry out regular inspections to ensure that we meet all the required standards of care and education as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017.

Rainbow Preschool, Okehampton

Rainbow preschool has recently been awarded Good status by Ofsted.
Ofsted Inspection Report: Rainbow Preschool Ofsted Inspection Report (June 2017)

Location: We are in The Community Hub at Okehampton College, near Simmons Park.


Rainbow Preschool
C/O Okehampton Community College,
Community Hub,
Mill Road,
EX20 1PW

Manager: Victoria Evans
Telephone: 07763 459077
Email: rainbowpreschool@communitylinks-sw.co.uk

Funding, Fees and Attendance

All children in Devon are eligible for Early Years funding from the term following their third birthday.

The early year’s entitlement scheme entitles eligible children to receive early year’s education for a minimum of 2.5 hours and maximum of 15 hours, over a period of 38 weeks a year, or 570 hours per academic year.

When is your child entitled to their funding?

Child Born between Entitled from
1st April and 31st August 1st September after their 3rd birthday until they go to school
1st September and 31st December 1st January after their 3rd birthday until they go to school
1st January and 31st March 1st April after their 3rd birthday until they go to school

Two Year Old Funding

We are registered for the two-year-old funding (until the EYEF funding applies).

If your child is two years old (based on the same criteria in the above table) and you are on a low income, you may be eligible for funding for 15 hours under this scheme. Applicants need to apply themselves and bring the confirmation letter/golden ticket in to us at the pre-school as proof of eligibility.

See website for details: https://new.devon.gov.uk/eycs/for-providers/business-finance-and-funding/early-education-for-2-3-and-4-year-olds/

30 Hours ‘FREE’ childcare: what you need to know

In September 2017, the government is planning to introduce its flagship promise of 30-hours free childcare for working parents of three- and four-year-olds.

Further information on the 30 hours childcare promise can be found at https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/early-years-and-childcare/childcare/free-childcare-3-4-year-olds/30-hours-free-childcare

Before Funding / Extra sessions

If your child starts with us before they qualify for funding or if you would like more than your funded 15 hours, the cost per hour is £3.98 if your child is 3 or 4 years of age and £4.90 if your child is 2 years old.

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
12.30 – 3.00
Full Day
Hourly Rate
3 & 4 year olds £14.10 £2.35 £11.75 £28.20 £4.70
2 year olds £15.00 £2.50 £12.50 £30.00 £5.00

You will be invoiced for any unfunded hours. Payment will be requested every half term.

If this presents a problem, please speak to one of the team. It will be simple and straight forward to arrange a payment plan that suits your own specific circumstances.

Illness or holiday

Please note fees are for the reservation of the space not sessions attended, unfortunately all other absence must be paid for in full. There will be no refund for sessions missed due to illness or holiday. Please ring or text the preschool if your child is ill. If you will be away on holiday, please send an email or write a letter to confirm the dates beforehand.

Further information can be found in our Charging and Admissions Policies


We also accept childcare vouchers. There are two benefits to childcare vouchers, you do not pay tax or national insurance on the amount paid to preschool, plus you can build up the amount each month, for instance £50 a month over 4 months to help budget for each termly invoice.


Tax Free

The government has started inviting parents to apply for Tax-Free Childcare beginning with parents of the youngest children first. Check whether Tax-Free Childcare is the best offer for you using the childcare calculator available on GOV.UK

  1. https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/moreinfopar/1/?returnURL=%2Fpar%2Fapp%2Feligibility
  2. https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/eligibility

Any enquiries about tax credits should be directed through HMRC (Inland Revenue). All details held are confidential to you as a parent and we as a setting or practitioners are not able to question any organisation about your eligibility. It must be done by you, the parent.

Wrap Around Care

Holiday, Breakfast and After school clubs are currently being researched to determine the need for parents to access these services with the hope of getting underway in April 2018.

Please fill in the form, below, if you would like to let us know how much you think your community needs these provisions:

After School, Breakfast and Holiday Club Survey

Useful Links

You may find these preschool-related links useful:

Can You Help?

Preschool education is paid for by grants from the education authority. However, to enhance the education, experience and environment for the children in our preschools we rely on the generosity of our community, parents and funders.

We are grateful for volunteers who help us, but are always looking to for help! We would love to hear from parents who could volunteer to support one session a week or to organise and attend fund raising events.

We are always looking at ways to raise funds for our preschools; if fundraising and/or bid writing is something you could help us with, please let us know.

We are also happy to accept financial donations to help the children in our settings. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail.