About Us

Experience in the care of children

Rainbow is an independent, family-run nursery. We are not part of a chain which allows us to be individual and to make decisions purely based on our requirements, not on those of the rest of the chain.

Rainbow opened in 1990 and since then we have successfully cared for hundreds (maybe thousands!) of Lymm’s children.  We have always applied a set of core principles to what we do which have remained the same since we first started.

In 2021 Rainbow Day Nursery became part of the Atherton House Group run by the Apel Family.  There are five nurseries within the Atherton House Group – two in Liverpool, two in Cheshire and one in Lymm caring for children from the age of 3 months to 5 years.

Rainbow's ethos

Part of the family

When anyone joins Rainbow, we like to think they are joining a family. That’s not only the case for our employees but also for our customers. Life throws up all sorts of unexpected problems and we are here to help when things don’t go to plan. Many of our former customers and staff continue to visit us long after they have left and always receive a warm welcome.



Our staff are our most important resource and we pride ourselves on our relationships with them. We have a number of staff who have worked at Rainbow for over 20 years and many who have been with us for over 10. This promotes continuity of care.. not to mention the benefits of all that experience!

Every nursery business must make choices on how it best deploys it's resources. At Rainbow we choose to always err on the side of caution as opposed to running to strict staff/child ratios. This promotes greater staff longevity and happiness and also means that if customers require extra sessions at short notice, we are better able to assist them.

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Rainbow ensures that we work with children to keep them safe and do not place them at risk of harm.

We do this through:

  • establishing, implementing and following good safeguarding policies and procedures including safe recruitment.
  • ensuring all staff and volunteers are aware of and follow the organisation’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • ensuring that all staff and volunteers receive child protection training.

Our Activities

Our learning opportunities

Outdoor Learning

The children enjoy large outdoor areas with both shaded & open areas in which to play and explore.


ECAT is designed for staff to create a stimulating environment in which children learn language through play.

Valuing Individuality

Each child's cultural background is respected and valued creating a supportive &stimulating environment.

Learning environment

In accordance with DfES guidelines, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.