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.

Our role is to give children a sound foundation for their future learning and development by providing them with the skills and experiences needed to develop as lifelong learners and become competent, active and informed individuals. We achieve this by developing and creating rich, engaging play-based learning environments and activities as part of a gender-neutral curriculum that reflects children’s interests and allows for exploration.

We enable a sense of belonging in the children and families in our services through our safe, supportive, respectful and inclusive environment.

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

Reid Early Childhood Service

Our Professional Practice

Our educators uphold the professional standards and values of the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics and the principles and practices of the National Quality FrameworkOur educational programs are designed to promote children’s holistic development and are influenced by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our ACT services are fully licensed, and assessed and rated by the ACT Government’s regulatory body, Children’s Education and Care Assurance (CECA). Our Fairley Early Childhood Service in Murrumbateman is licensed, assessed and rated by the NSW Government Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate (ECECD).

Our Centre Directors 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 services nearby, providing continuity of care and an existing network for your child.

What we Offer


All of our early childhood services have a dedicated chef 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, their families and the community.

Our educational program is inspired by the children—their interests, their voices and their ideas—with a vision to develop lifelong learners. Twice a year, we provide families with a summative assessment of their child’s learning and interests, based on the five learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework.

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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