Early childhood services

Education for life starts here

At YWCA Canberra, we understand that the experience of childhood is a unique journey. Every part of the journey is important to us. We ensure all our daily interactions with children provide a sound foundation for their future learning and development. We provide children and families with a sense of belonging through ensuring a safe, supportive, respectful and inclusive environment.

Our role is to develop and create, rich, engaging play-based learning environments that reflect children’s interests and allow for exploration. We ensure this by providing children with the skills and experiences needed to develop as lifelong learners and to become competent, active and informed individuals.

Our early childhood services

Campbell Cottage

Conder Early Childhood Service

Currawong Early Childhood Service

Fairley Early Childhood Service

Spence Children’s Cottage

Winyu Early Childhood Service

Our professional practice

Our educators uphold the professional standards and values of the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics, as well as the principles and practices of the National Quality Framework.

Our Educational Programs are designed to promote children’s holistic development and are influence by the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child.

Our services are fully licensed, and assessed and rated by the ACT Government’s regulatory body, Children’s Education and Care Assurance (CECA).

Our program managers and educators participate in a wide variety of professional development and training to further extend their skills and knowledge.

Lifelong learning

Many of our services are linked with local primary schools and YWCA Canberra before and after school care options nearby, providing continuity of care and an existing network for your child.

What we offer


All of our Early Childhood Services have a dedicated cook, committed to providing children with nutritionally balanced meals using the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

We provide

All meals are prepared to take each child’s dietary requirements into account.

View a sample menu.

Nappies and hygiene supplies

All nappies, wipes, sudocrem and sunscreen are provided. If your child has a sensitivity to sudocrem or sunscreen, we may ask you to provide your own.

Educational program

Our professional early childhood educators are committed to supporting each child’s individual learning and development. Our dedicated educational leaders and early childhood teachers actively drive the curriculum process, and design programs that reflect the needs of the children, theiir families and community.

Our educational program is inspired by the children—their interests, their voices and their ideas—with a vision to develop lifelong learners.

We use OWNA as a platform to share educational documentation with our families. Through OWNA, you can see snapshots about your child’s day and what’s going on at the service.


Forms & Career

YWCA Canberra is a Registered Training Organisation, offering the Certificate III and Diploma qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care.

A funded traineeship may be available in one of our services. Please contact the Centre Director to discuss recruitment opportunities.

If you would like to work for us, you can view our current vacancies here

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