YWCA CANBERRA

Fairley Early Childhood Service

A welcoming hub in the heart of our community

YWCA Canberra’s Fairley Early Childhood Service is a 115-place, family-focused centre that provides quality services for our community. We care for children age six weeks to five years in our early learning service.

With a central location in Murrumbateman town centre, the service offers state-of-the-art facilities in a picturesque rural setting. Our stimulating, newly refurbished learning environment will spark your child’s imagination and development. We will help your child connect with our local community through a range of activities, and they can make friends with local children at a service near home.

As a regional early childhood service, our programs have a strong connection to the natural world, and we love nurturing your child’s love of sustainability through recycling and composting initiatives.

Unique to our early learning programs, Fairley offers a before and after school care program as well as a school holiday program. During the school term, our wonderful educators will provide drop off and collection from the local bus stop, as well as other educational services in the local area. 

Our school holiday program is developed by our educators, in consultation with the children. Every day has a different theme, and incursions and excursions are offered. The school holiday program is available to view by week six of each term.

Fees

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.

Learn more about what we provide and how fees are paid.

Director: Ebonny
Ebonny has worked in the early childhood sector since 2008, including in a variety of mentor and leadership roles.

Her ambition as an early childhood professional is to foster a lifelong love for learning. She sees her role as being an advocate for quality and understanding of the importance of early childhood education.

Ebonny works to inspire others while supporting the continuous improvement of services on their journey towards excellence. She is committed to the delivery of child-focused early childhood education through inclusive and rich learning environments which promote the development of respectful, reciprocal, and authentic relationships with children, families, and educators.

Educational Leader and Assistant Director: Amy
Amy has worked in the early childhood sector since 2005, most recently as a preschool teacher. She also has experience in the community sector and schools in disability education and has worked as a consultant to support educators incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into practice.

Amy loves watching children learn and grow, minute by minute and finding moments of joy and excitement as they experience something for the first time.

She also has a strong focus on building relationships with community, educators, and families, and sees this as an incredible opportunity to bring early childhood services and communities together in an authentic way.

At Fairley Early Childhood Centre, our learning environments promote wonder, inquiry, intrigue and delight.

We work with children to provide opportunities for them to consolidate their learning, reorganise and make sense of their world. We are focused on creating relationships, making connections, and establishing a dialogue with and between children. Our educators respect and embrace children’s different points of views, ideas, theories and suggestions. We listen to, document, and work alongside children as co-researchers.

We have areas dedicated to specific fields of learning and experience, as well as flexible learning spaces with room to tinker, explore, inquire and wonder. We provide a range of creative resources and use the elements of repurposing, rethinking, and recycling with them.

We have four learning spaces at Fairley, for children age:

  • six weeks to 18 months
  • 18 months to 2.5 years
  • 2.5 to three years
  • three to five years.

We have an art room where your child can express their personality, and a dedicated research centre to enable your child to learn how to research and develop a love of learning.

We have expansive outdoor spaces where you child can play and connect with the natural environment. As a regional centre, we love the natural world around us and recognise our local farming heritage, so have designed these spaces to reflect our community. We work to nurture your child’s love of sustainability through recycling and composting initiatives.

We know that children are particularly curious, and we are dedicated to giving them an avenue to find answers to help their unique growth and development of a lifelong love of learning.

We encourage mixed-aged play, to help promote children’s independence and confidence. Mixed-age play also supports sibling interactions with children being able to move between each space.

We also run a School Readiness program, aimed at developing the learning abilities and social skills your child needs to successfully start their school journey

Located in the heart of Murrumbateman town centre, we have strong links with our local community. Our families value that their children can make friendships with neighbours.

We believe that children are active and involved young people, and encourage this by connecting your child with their local community through a range of local activities.

We have a strong focus on reconciliation and acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which Fairley stands. We recognise not only their connection to this land, but to the community and children.

A welcoming hub in the heart of our community

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