Campbell Cottage Early Childhood Service
An early childhood service in the centre of the Campbell community
Campbell Cottage is a 66-place centre, nestled in the heart of the Campbell community. We care for children age six weeks to five years.
Our program is child-led and child-focused. The children are encouraged and regularly involved in the decision making of the program, based on each child’s interests, strengths, needs and development.
Each child is reflected in our learning spaces with the children’s interests and learning goals embedded within the layout of the learning environment.
Our role is to develop and create, rich, engaging play-based learning environments which are reflective of 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.
Fees for our children’s services contribute to supporting our community through housing programs, community development, youth engagement, and education to prevent domestic and family violence.
Our professional educators are committed to forming strong and meaningful bonds and interactions with each child and family at Campbell Cottage.
Originally from Thailand, Sanny came to Australia in 2007 and has lived in Canberra since 2010. She has also been working in the early childhood industry since that time, having been impressed with how much early childhood education in Australia had benefited her daughter. Sanny has been at Campbell Cottage since September 2019 and she has built a great relationship with children, families, and educators.
A strong believer that every child deserves a good education from the beginning of their lives, Sanny knows that this education shapes how their life will be in the future. She sees children as curious, resilient, and capable learners, who experience wonder in exploration in learning. To pursue her passion in education, Sanny is now studying Bachelor of Education (early childhood teaching).
Our separate but interconnecting outdoor gardens/play spaces offer many shaded areas for children to play and explore. We have beautiful, large established trees in our yards, along with vegetable and herb gardens for the children to access and help maintain.
We practice all-weather play, with children able to play outside whether there is sunshine or rain.
Our indoor learning spaces offer an organic, natural and warm feeling. Each child’s personality is reflected within the learning environment, and we work to foster a strong connection to the wider community.
We have four rooms:
- Nursery one caters to children age six weeks to 12 months .
- Nursery two caters to children age 12 to 24 months. We work with the children to help them transition to Nursery two when they are ready for change.
- Toddler and preschool rooms for children age two to five years. These both back on to a large outdoor area that promotes physical and emotional development. This space is set up based on the children’s interests and includes focus areas like construction, artistic expression, and reading. They also share a quiet space which holds a library.
We encourage mixed-aged play, to help promote children’s independence and confidence. Mixed-age play also supports being able to interact with each other as they can move freely between each space.
Our progressive routines allow for the children to have more choice and flexibility, creating happy and calm environments for the children to learn, grow and thrive.
Campbell Cottage is embedded in the heart of the Campbell community. We foster a strong sense connection to the wider community, conducting regular visits to local parks, ANZAC parade and other local areas.