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
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 Framework. Our 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.
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.
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.
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.