Currawong Early Childhood Service
A convenient, family-centred early learning service
Currawong Child Care Centre is a 92-place, family-focused practice that provides quality services for our community. We care for children age six weeks to five years.
We are centrally located in the parliamentary triangle in Barton, on the grounds of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). While we prioritise access for families who work with DFAT, we also provide care for other families.
Our convenient location gives us quick access to interesting landmarks as we engage in regular community walks as a part of our educational program.
The educational set up of the service provides opportunities for children to engage in structured mixed-aged play experiences through their large community art space and the open plan playground.
Our dynamic team of caring, expert educators work collaboratively with our families to provide a service that meets the needs of their children. Play-based learning is valued and creates the foundation of our educational program, which aims to promote children’s natural curiosity.
Our team is very diverse with educators of varying ages and different cultures. We are dedicated to building strong and respectful relationships for the children and families in our care. We have qualified educators from around the world. In addition to English, some of the languages that are spoken by our educators include Chinese, Burmese, Punjabi, Telugu, Sikh, Bangla, and Napoli. Our diverse backgrounds provide children with a wide variety of different experiences, cultures to explore, grow and learn from.
Emily has worked in the Early Education and Care Sector since 2008. Since joining YWCA Canberra in 2016, she continues to progress her early childhood career. She took up the position as Director of Currawong in August 2019.
Emily holds a Diploma in in Early Childhood Services and in Leadership and Management.
Emily loves serving as an advocate for children and providing them with the opportunities to be empowered and drive their own learning. Her philosophy is that children are inquisitive learners and that our role as adults is to guide their learning by providing them with tools to further extend themselves.
Assistant Director/Educational Leader: Radha
Radha commenced her journey in the education and care sector in 2011 when she moved to Canberra from India. She quickly discovered a love for supporting children’s growth and learning.
Radha started at Currawong in December 2019 and has made a huge contribution to the children, families, and educators at the service.
Radha has deep knowledge of the regulations and National Quality Framework and has been instrumental in developing Currawong’s Quality Improvement Plan and Service Philosophy. She is finishing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching and looks forward to sharing her newfound knowledge and skills with the children and educators at Currawong.
We believe that the learning environment is a third teacher and so ensure that both our indoor and outdoor learning spaces are welcoming, stimulating and responsive to children’s interests and needs. Our environments support all aspects of children’s learning and invite conversations between children, early childhood educators, families and the broader community. They promote opportunities for sustained shared thinking and collaborative learning.
We have three rooms:
- Blue Wrens is the nursery room for children up to two years old
- Kookaburras is for children aged two to three years old
- Jabirus is for children aged three to five years.
Each room has designated play spaces appropriate to the children’s age and development. The play spaces include a focus on multiculturalism, self-expression, imagination and sensory experiences to enable children to learn, grow and develop physical skills.
At Currawong Early Childhood Service, our philosophy is the foundation of our early childhood pedagogy. It influences how we promote learning in others and guides the provision of high-quality education and care.
It guides how we develop caring, respectful relationships with children by partnering with families and communities to support the child’s growth and development, creating a better future for tomorrow.
Routines (such as mealtimes, sleep time, toileting, and group times) are an intrinsic part of our program. They provide a sense of consistency and predictability and are used as a framework for the rest of the day.
Through our routines, educators empower and interact with children in relation to their daily experiences. This includes incorporating transitions between experiences into the curriculum which facilitate a change or a movement. Our routines and transitions work well together as children participate enthusiastically and are keen to help educators with routines.
We have a large shared outdoor area that facilitates mixed age group play. Children get to play and learn from each other. While the older children develop help-giving and nurturing behaviours, the younger ones learn social skills and language and develop the confidence to participate in risky play from the older ones.
We are unique in that we are part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). We have deep established connections with the DFAT community.
Our open-door policy allows and encourages parents to come into the centre throughout the day to participate in the program, meal times as well as incursions and excursions.
We are regular visitors to the auditorium where we listen to DFAT choir and engage in performances. We have had NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week collaborations with DFAT, including engaging in learning traditional Ngunnawal dances and songs.