104 Mark Street, Whangamata | (07) 865 9899
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Rainbow Cottage has large indoor and outdoor areas with a variety of facilities for learning and play

Over 2s area

The over 2 area includes a large outdoor play area, with interchangeable large motor equipment (such as slide/bridge/monkey bars etc). There is also a large sandpit with a built in water system, a mud/natural play area, a grassed area with a bird table and a purpose built carpentry hut/shop.

The inside area has a multi-purpose main room, with a kitchen where children are able to get up to the bench and take part in cooking activities.

We also have a dedicated 'school room'. This is reserved for children 4 years and older. It contains resources more appropriate for this age group as well as a computer, games and an area for older children to take part in our daily transition to school programme.


Inside activities include a play dough area, science table, dress up trolley, musical instruments, block area and literacy corner.

At around 9am we have a welcome time jump jam session/dancing/exercise before our whakaro (thinking) time where children can decide what activities they would like for the day. At 11:30am we have mat time, where we join together as a group and share songs, stories, dancing and music. Following mat time, we wash hands then join in a Karakia before eating lunch together.


Lunchboxes are stored on a trolley within the children’s reach. They are available to the children from when they arrive until 10:30am, then any time after lunch (which we have at around 11:45am). Fresh water is available for children to help themselves to all day and we also have a drinking fountain outside.

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