About The Rainbow Collective

The overall aim is to support and improve the arts offer to early years children in Lewisham.

 Image: Story Bubbles with London Bubble and Amelia Bird, Photo credit Sinead Kempley

The Rainbow Collective exists to support and strengthen the creative and cultural offer to early years children in Lewisham. This is for all professionals from arts and early years settings.

We have been bringing all professionals from arts and early years together to learn and exchange knowledge and ideas.   This includes all art forms: drama, dance, music, visual arts, crafts... and all early years professionals whether childminders, from nurseries, schools, pre-schools, childrens centres, libraries, creche workers, toddlers groups, suplimentary schools, health workers and more...
This began through funding from A New Direction, Connected London to expanded our long running early year’s music stakeholders group to include all art-forms and launched the 2013-14 Programme with an Early Years Arts Symposium on 4 December 2013. See the film here. 

Have a look at our blog post for AND which explains more about our first year.
You can also download the Connect London Guide which talks about The Rainbow Collective.

Here is some of what we will do:
  • Go & See visits 
  • Newsletters and bulletins email alison@leanarts.org.uk to join the mailing list
  • More networking events (Stay&Play for adults)
  • Sharing information on our website, via newsletters and bulletins, and on our twitter feed @RbowCollective
  • LEAN offer free 1 to1 sessions for those working Lewisham with children and want to use or expand their use of the arts click here for more info
The 2013-14 Programme:
Please email alison@leanarts.org.uk if you wish to hear more and keep up to date.


The Rainbow Collective group are:

  • Lewisham Music (formally Lewisham Music Service and Hub)
  • Pre-school Learning Alliance, Lewisham
  • LEAN
  • Early Years Improvement Team
  • Freelance arts practitioners
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Tea Dance for Little People

Get involved:

Contact us for more information and/or to join the mailing list email alison@leanarts.org.uk

Follow us on twitter @RbowCollective


More on LEANarts.org.uk:

Go to The Rainbow Collective early year hub