104 Mark Street, Whangamata | (07) 865 9899
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Katrina, Simon, and their team are all so kind, caring, dedicated and unbelievably helpful. They pour every ounce of themselves into the care and well-being of the children. My husband and I cannot thank you enough for all that you do.

Rainbow Cottage is a small, family focused centre that prides intself on a family-like, relaxed and happy atmosphere. Being at Rainbow Cottage is likened to being part of a big, happy family.

Hours and days of operation

We are open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, all year (closed weekends and public holidays only).

We offer flexible enrolment times, including full day, 9-3 and morning or afternoon sessions to meet the needs of our families.


The centre is licensed for 25 children, including up to 8 children under the age of 2 years.

We educate and care for children aged 0-6.


The centre is located at 104 Mark Street, a quiet cul-de-sac close to the town centre of Whangamata.

Our program

At Rainbow Cottage, our learning program is based on children’s interests. We believe children learn best when they are engaged in something they find interesting. Each morning we have a whakaro (thinking) session where children are able to decide what they would like to do for the day. They then take part in setting up activities. Pre-verbal children are also encouraged to join is through the use of pictures and signs to show us what they would like to do.

Documentation of learning

Each child has an individual portfolio which documents their learning and development whilst at the centre. In addition to these folders (which are located within easy reach of the children at the centre and are also welcome to pay visits home) each learning story or portfolio entry is also loaded onto a secure web based site. This can be accessed via a password by anyone the family would like to give access to. Rainbow learning stories are beamed around New Zealand and across the world on a regular basis – much to the delight of family members who enjoy sharing these learning journeys. Not only does our online system give families 24 hour access to their child’s learning, it also provides a backup for these precious memories.

What makes us exceptional?

We firmly believe that children should be allowed to be children. They only get one chance and we are here to make that chance a positive one. We encourage children to develop a love of learning; it’s not as much about what they ‘know’ as knowing how to get answers.

Social competence is, in our view, one of the most important aspects of early childhood development. Positive relationships, smiles, love, hugs and knowing that they matter are some of the things we ensure children lucky enough to attend rainbow cottage are showered with on a daily basis.

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104 Mark Street, Whangamata
Ph: (07) 865 9899