Rainbow Cottage

Early Education & Care Service

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Rainbow Cottage is a 49 place not-for-profit Community Education and Care Service, hidden in the heart of Belconnen.

With bright open rooms and ample sized natural and man-made yards, it offers Quality Education and Care to children aged birth to 5 years, in one of three age groups.

Rainbow Cottage believes in a holistic approach to Early Education and Care.

We believe that children learn through play based experiences and environments, with educators who have a strong focus on each child’s emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency.

Rainbow Cottage believes

* that children learn best through a combination of play based experiences, natural and man-made environments and by using intentional teaching strategies based on a child’s interest and abilities;

* that children should have a strong connection to family, community and the world around them and by fostering these connections of past and present, we build on diversity of culture, abilities and attributes;

* in a partnership approach to early education and care between our families and our highly trained educators, who have a strong focus on each child’s emerging autonomy;

* in providing small, personal, age appropriate groups for children to develop trusting relationships with educators and peers and to engage with other children of different ages and abilities; and

* in promoting a culture of professionalism among our staff and encouraging personal and professional growth through training and support, including of students on work placements.
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Quality Area 1. Educational Program & Practice

Rainbow Cottage provides quality programs ....

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Quality Area 2. Childrens Health & Safety

Children are encouraged to be active ....

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Quality Area 3. Physical Environment

Rainbow Cottage has large play spaces ....

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Quality Area 4. Staffing Arrangments

Rainbow Cottage prides itself on its continuity ....

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Quality Area 5. Relationships With Children

Rainbow Cottages small size ....

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Quality Area 6. Collabrative Partnerships With Families & Communities

Rainbow Cottage builds trusting partnerships ....

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Quality Area 7. Governance & Leadership

Rainbow Cottage uses new technologies ....

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What are the Fees?

Rainbow Cottage is committed to keeping fees affordable for families
 $126.00 per day

What are your hours of operation?

Rainbow Cottage is open for approximately 50 weeks of the year, with a shut down period over Christmas and New Year.
The service opens to families at 7:30am and closes at 6:00pm

What is provided?

Fresh fruit and an array of snacks are offered at morning tea, afternoon tea and as a late snack

A serving of milk for children over one year of age, provided at Morning or Afternoon Tea


What type of food can I bring for my child's lunch?

Rainbow Cottage is committed to children's health and well being and encourages families to provide healthy meals.
Our cook is trained in food safety and can serve children's lunches hot or cold to AUS and NZ food safety standards.

Can I take a tour of the service?

Families are welcome to tour the service, please contact the Director to arrange a suitable time.

How do I enroll my Child?

By filling out a wait list on the website we are able to asses if we have a place available for your child, contact will then be made to arrange a visit and to discuss further enrolment information.
Alternatively you can contact the Director by phone or email to arrange a visit or placement on the wait list.

  Please scan QR Code to apply for a position on our wait list
  • 29 Rae Street, Belconnen ACT, Australia

Welcome to the Rainbow Cottage Early Childhood Centre App where you as a parent/guardian can track your child's progress throughout the day, view photos, videos and more. Get access to real-time data about your child including vital stats such as Food & Fluid Intake, Sleep Checks, Nappy Changes & other important information. Plus, parents receive photos, videos & updates throughout the day via social posting of their child learning and playing. Enjoy and do let us know what you think. Developed in conjunction with OWNA Childcare Apps (owna.com.au)

Molly's Family

We’re a small family newly moved from Beijing, China, to Canberra Australia. It’s been 3+ months now since we started our new life here. Our daughter, Molly, was 2 year and 4 months old when we first started to send her to Rainbow Cottage for care, and she didn’t understand any English back then. We knew she was in safe and caring hands of course, but the separation anxiety hit her and me really hard. Then we also couldn’t help worrying about her because she didn’t understand any English, let alone speak the language. Since day one, our morning goodbyes had been filled with Molly’s loud crying and tears, and a heavy heart on my side. But Kerry and her loving team are so resourceful, they have experience and very clever ways to communicate with Molly. And always, always, they extremely warmly and patiently reassure us by letting us know Molly’s progress, which sometimes is a little and sometimes are leaps and bounds (yes, I borrowed some of Trudy’s words here 😊). Gradually, she can speak a few words in English now, and the other day she was even captured singing English songs over and over in the center! Those videos will be precious memories for our family! And, after about 24 days of less than 12 weeks, this morning, for the first time, Molly and I quietly said our goodbyes, without any tears or anxiety. It absolutely made my day! Thanks so much, Rainbow Cottage! You feel like real family to us, and we deeply appreciate it!!! ♡♡♡

Meghann & Dougal

As first time parents, we were very anxious about leaving our little one in the care of anyone else. The first moment we stepped into Rainbow Cottage all our apprehension disappeared! The centre is welcoming and warm. The staff are professional and genuinely care about our son. We love the regular updates we get via the app and of course the photos of our son learning and achieving each and every day! We couldn’t recommend Rainbow Cottage more highly.

Lauren & Jackson

Our daughter has been lucky enough to be cared for at Rainbow Cottage since she was eight months old. We credit the care and support of the staff, and the learning experiences that Olivia has been exposed to at Rainbow Cottage, as fundamental to her development into the happy, confident and loving child that she is. Sometimes it isn’t easy (for parents!) to leave your children in childcare – but we have been so lucky to be able to rely on the skills and experience of highly-trained and trusted staff to guide us through what could have been a difficult transition for our family into the reality of working parents. There is nothing better than a detailed learning story on the Rainbow Cottage app to see understand how your child is thriving in the care of a creative and enthusiastic team with access to stimulating environments and experiences. Thank you Rainbow Cottage!


I am a student studying Diploma of Early Education and care and am carrying out my practical placement at Rainbow Cottage. The service is bright and cheerful and the educators are nothing short of the same. I have been made to feel welcome and supported in my studies and been given a very high quality of information and support to complete my studies to the highest standard. I am very grateful to be learning from some of the best educators in the industry and am certain that with their help I will be of the same high standards in the future.

Management Committee

Kerry Kinder

Director & Service Educational Leader


Transitional Educator


Toddler Educator


Preschool Teacher


Preschool Educator


Cook & Transitional Educator


Relief Educator

Relief Educator

Belconnen ACT, Australia
Rainbow Cottage is always looking for reliable, motivated and highly trained educators to join its relief  team.

Casual educators must hold a Certificate III, Diploma or Early education Teaching Degree or be studding towards one of these qualifications.
They must also hold a current Working With Vulnerable People Card and First Aid including Asthma and Anaphylaxis.
Your Key responsibilities would be:
  • Supervision of children
  • House Keeping Duties
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