YWCA CANBERRA

Spence Children’s Cottage

A homelike, welcoming service where your child can thrive

Spence is a home-like 25 place early childhood centre. It has a proud history as a community-focused service and was established with the help of the Women’s Electoral Lobby in 1974. We care for children age six weeks to five years.

Our flexible learning environments and mixed-aged practices are inspired by leading international early childhood education research and innovation. We design our routines and curriculum with consideration to family practices at home, supporting each child’s routine and needs throughout the day.

We encourage mixed-aged play, to help promote children’s independence and confidence. Sibling interactions across all learning spaces are also supported through the choice of mixed aged play.

Our routines are designed to progress alongside your child, giving them choice and flexibility, creating happy and calm environments for them to learn, grow and thrive.

Our program has a strong child-led focus. Children are actively involved in creating their learning journey based on their strengths and interests.

Fees

Our professional educators are committed to forming strong and meaningful bonds and interactions with each child and family at Spence Cottage.

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.

We are a small, multi-cultural team, with educators from Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and England.

Our educators have extensive experience in the sector, with most having been at Spence Children’s Cottage for more than five years, and some over 15 years.

All of our educators are passionate about forming and maintaining professional, trusting and caring relationships with each other, our children and our families.

Director: Bling

Born in Hong Kong, Bling has worked her way up in the early childhood sector, starting as a casual room assistant and progressing to full-time room leader of nursey room, toddler room, and pre-schooler room for four years. She started as Director of Spence Children’s Cottage in November 2020.  

Bling is passionate about children’s growth and development, with strong philosophy towards actively encouraging and supporting creativity by listening to, and acting upon, children’s ideas. She believes that art and creativity are an important part of a child’s learning process and loves nurturing children’s creativity and problem-solving skills through art. 

We are a home-like, 25 place service with two indoor play spaces and large outdoor play space. Our outdoor area is overhung by a beautiful flowering tree, providing a gorgeous place to play nestled in the suburb.

Much of our time is spent in mixed-aged grouping which provides opportunities for learning with and from children of all ages, as well as sibling interactions.

Our routines are flexible throughout the day, depending on the children’s needs.

Our educators’ relationships with children promote a feeling of belonging to the Cottage family. They are given opportunities to have fun while learning and developing to their full potential.

Our programs provide opportunities to foster all aspects of children’s development and gives opportunities for open-ended learning. We support play-based learning, developing children’s skills by focusing on their interests as well as their needs.

We have been part of the Spence community since 1974 and feel strongly about including the community into our practice. Most of our educators have been at the Cottage for many years and have developed a true community with their families.

A homelike, welcoming service where your child can thrive

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