RAF Marham Rainbow Centre achieves Outstanding Ofsted Report

Staff, parents and children received the good news, with RAF Marham’s Station Commander, Gp Capt Rich Davies in attendance to congratulate the team and express his appreciation and give thanks for the support which they provide for families at the base. The centre which is the largest of its kind in Norfolk was described as providing a ‘superbly stimulating environment’ where leaders are considering how to share the high-quality practice with other providers.

The leadership was described as ‘inspirational’ with staff taking every opportunity to challenge children and ‘extend their learning to the highest level’.

As the sun shone, Gp Capt Davies presented the centre with a large model Spitfire which will be displayed in the centre’s main hall. The model was one of King’s Lynn’s ‘Spitfire Trail’, in commemoration of the Battle of Britain’s 75th Anniversary last year, which was organised by 42 (F) Squadron King’s Lynn Cadets.

Gp Capt Davies said, “This is an amazing acheivement and an outstanding facility – this is all due to one inspirational lady and her fantastic team. You should all be very proud – three cheers for the Rainbow Centre Team!”

The Rainbow Centre childcare facility at RAF Marham, was built with funds received from the RAF Benevolent Fund and in recent years has had the addition of a new kitchen and an all weather shelter also funded by the charity. In total the RAF Benevolent Fund has invested almost a million pounds into the Centre. It is has quickly become a key facility for the families at RAF Marham who benefit from the flexible childcare it offers.

Paul Hewson, the RAF Benevolent Funds Regional Director for the South of England said, “The ‘Outstanding’ assessment following the recent Ofsted visit is richly deserved. The RAF Benevolent Fund is delighted that its significant financial investment continues to help the RAF Marham community in such a tangible way. The Rainbow Childcare Centre is a terrific example of how the RAF Benevolent Fund is able to help improve the morale and well being of the serving RAF, which is set to continue providing essential support to station families for many years to come.

Congratulations to Dee and all her team for all that they have done and continue to do for the children.”

For Rainbow Centre Mangager Dee Gent and her team it was back to business as usual which involves looking after the 400 children they have registered at the centre.

Dee said, “Everyone at the Rainbow Centre Marham is ecstatic with the result of this inspection. We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised.”