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Cooinda Cottage Early Childhood Centre

Cooinda Cottage is an 80 place centre offering full time, part time and casual care for children birth to five years of age with an infant learning space, two toddler learning spaces and two preschool learning spaces. These spaces are flexible in their use to accommodate different ages of children and availability of places. To assist vulnerable children and families, under the Children’s Services Program (CSP) funded by the Community Services Directorate (CSD), a number of places are specifically allocated to assist vulnerable children and families in accessing short-term early childhood education.

At Cooinda Cottage, we believe life learning begins from birth and each child will experience their own unique childhood, as part of a community on Ngunnawal land, acknowledging everyone has rights and the world can be a fairer place. Our menus are based on guidelines from Nutrition Australia. Each month we celebrate Bush Tucker experiences as part of our commitment to embed Indigenous perspectives into our curriculum and community.

Children attending Cooinda Cottage have professional educators and teachers who take responsibility for articulating professional values, knowledge and practice. We proudly provide inclusive high quality education and care through the implementation of the National Quality Framework, UN Rights of the Child and the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics.


Cooinda Cottage is open for 50 weeks per year, closing for approximately two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period, as well as closing on all ACT public holidays.

What we provide

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Long day care &

occasional care


All meals

(except breakfast)




Free parking

at the door

Our philosophy

Lifelong learning begins at birth

Life learning is central to our curriculum and pedagogical practices. We value the organic nature in which learning occurs for individuals. We aim to provide inclusive learning opportunities that invest in, and for, the future years.

Childhood is unique

We aim to provide memories for children that invest in who they are and all they can be.

We are part of the community and community is part of us, on Ngunnawal land

We are all visible. We are all respected. We acknowledge all strengths and contributions – yesterday, today and tomorrow. We connect in and to our community, by the land on which we meet, and our shared values.

Rights and fairness is for everyone

We are advocates for fairness and social justice – for all. Respect, unity and social richness are deeply valued within our team.

Professional educators is who we are

We take responsibility for articulating our professional values, knowledge and practice and the positive contribution our profession makes to society.



Daily Fee


Weekly Fee

Fees are fixed until 30 June 2024. Enrolled families will be provided at least 4 weeks notice of fee increases, and will be advised how additional funds will be allocated. Payment is via fortnightly direct debit. Casual daily bookings are only available to currently enrolled families.

Join Cooinda Cottage ECC waitlist

Cooinda ECC is currently at full capacity. If you are interested in a place in 2025 or beyond, please add yourself to the waitlist. Tours are currently closed, but will reopen in September 2024.

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