YMCA Nelson

156 Toi Toi Street

Nelson 7010

New Zealand

(03) 545 6760


Age 18+

Ages 0-5

YMCA Nelson © 2018


Ages 5-15

Ages 15-17

Central,  Victory,  Nayland,  Wakefield & Brightwater 



Kowhai Cottage is an intimate, standalone centre that embraces the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood learning.

Kowhai Cottage  3 - 5 years of age 



Kowhai Cottage is a Reggio Emilia inspired childhood education centre located at our Victory site in Nelson. With a focus on experiential learning, Kowhai Cottage offers a calm, enriching and supportive environment in which children can explore, create and express themselves. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and are offered a range of resources and facilities to cater to their needs and interests, including a play garden and art studio. Kowhai Cottage also helps to prepare children for their transition to school by fostering valuable life skills such as resilence and mindfulness and encourages children to make healthy food choices by offering a nutritious menu.



The Kowhai Cottage programme focuses on:



-  Nuturing self-guided learning 


-  Providing a calm, eniching and supportive environment 


-  Stimulating exploration, creativity and self-expression 


-  Encouraging children to take ownership of their learning 


-  Catering to the individual needs and interests of children 


-  Enchancing children's connection to nature 


-  Fostering valuable life skills 


-  Preparing children for their transition to school 


-  Encouraging children to make healthy food choices 




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