Positions / Job Vacancies


Play Workers, Level 2 and 3 - Bank Staff

Location: Priory Church, Newnham Ave, Bedford

Hours: When needed - Adhoc - Bank staff

​Rate: from £9ph Depending on age and experience

Rainbow Pre-school, based in Priory Methodist Church on Newnham Avenue, are looking for Level 2 & 3 qualified Play Workers to join our friendly team on a bank staff basis, for the new term starting in September/October.

Duties will include setting up activities and toys for the children at the beginning of the session, supervising and interacting with the children in their play both inside and outside, preparing healthy snacks, overseeing activities such as games and crafts and supporting the team in gathering observations for their key children. We will also require you to help with nappies and toileting where appropriate and clean and clear away at the end of the session.


The successful candidates will need to have a minimum Level 2 Childcare qualification or higher and the posts are subject to full DBS checks and references. In return we can offer you a friendly and cosy working environment with a lovely team. If you have a child aged 2-4 you may also receive an employee discount for any hours they spend at Rainbow.


  • Childcare

  • On-site parking

  • Casual dress


Please can you email your CV and covering letter stating why you would be good for this role and along with your current situation and availability to: Rhiannon Watts, Vice Chair; info@rainbowpreschoolbedford.org.uk

Volunteers / Committee Members

Without a committee, the pre-school would have to close, regardless of finances or pupil numbers, so it is vital we attract new members each year. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is usually held in October each year and is open to all parents, grandparents of the children who attend the pre-school. At the AGM we look back over the previous year’s activities and shape the coming year’s plan in collaboration with parents and staff. We also use the AGM to elect new members onto the committee, although new members can join at any time.
Being a committee member is a unique opportunity to get involved with your child’s learning and, although unpaid, is a valuable addition to your CV. Previous committee members are available to help ‘learn the ropes’ and there is comprehensive online help from the PSLA (Pre-school Learning Alliance) and supportive team at Bedford Borough who can guide you every step of the way and are responsible for keeping us all up-to-date with any required changes in government policy.  It is also a nice way to get to know other parents and be involved in the community.
If you are interested in joining the committee (or becoming a general volunteer, helping at events, cake making etc.) and would like to know more about what is involved, contact Donna Healy, Chair or Rhiannon Watts, Vice Chair; info@rainbowpreschoolbedford.org.uk