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.

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.


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image of jamie, director of fairleyDirector: Jamie

Jamie’s personal philosophy is based around forming and maintaining trusting and respectful relationships with children and creating strong partnerships with families, to provide high-quality education and care within the learning environments and throughout the service. Her biggest passion is providing each child with the individual support they need to grow and develop to their full potential.

Jamie holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and has worked in the early childhood sector since 2014.

She joined YWCA Canberra in 2021 and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing children. 

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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