Cooinda Cottage believes 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.

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What we provide

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Long Day Care &

Occasional Care


All Meals

(except breakfast)




Free parking

at the door

Centre Details

Cooinda Cottage is an 80 place centre offering permanent 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.

Our opening hours are from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

Cooinda Cottage is open for 51 weeks per year, closing for approximately one week over the Christmas/New year period, as well as closed on all recognised Public Holidays.

Phone: 0400 938 370


Physical Address:  77 Charnwood Place, Charnwood ACT 2615

Postal Address:  PO Box 6730 Charnwood, ACT 2615



Families are welcome to come in for a walk through, a yarn about enrolments/availability and see what Club Cooi is all about and where our journey has taken us.

Upon enrolment at Cooinda Cottage, families are required to complete an enrolment pack and pay a $250 deposit, prior to commencement and to secure their enrolment.

This payment consists of 2 components:

$50 administration fee that is non-refundable.  The fee includes a hat for your child, however we encourage children to wear a hat they prefer (as long as it is SunSmart).

$200 holding fee for your child’s place at the service. If you do not follow through with the enrolment you will forfeit this money completely. If you continue with the enrolment your first account will be credited with $200.


We recommend families attended orientations before their child/ren commence in care, as this familiarises them with other children, Educators and their new environment. Orientation can be arranged to suit you and your family, as parents/guardians will be required to stay during the orientation visits.


Fee payment is via direct debit, the amount will be debited from your nominated bank account or credit card each fortnight.

Current Fees as of 29 March 2021*:

Weekly Fee (Monday to Friday):  $574 

Daily Fee: $121 

Casual Day:  $121 

Casual Hourly: $21 per hour

* Fees are reviewed bi-annually.  Where a fee increase occurs, families will be provided with at least four (4) weeks’ notice, and be advised how the additional funds will be allocated.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Child Care Subsidy is a single, means-tested subsidy from the Australian Government paid directly to providers and passed on to families as a fee reduction. To find out how much CCS you can receive click here.  

Centrelink’s Payment and Service Finder will help you find out how much Child Care Subsidy you will receive. 

Basic requirements must be satisfied to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy, click here for eligibility requirements.

Families are required to register to claim Child Care Subsidy. To register and submit a claim, click here

Families are responsible for providing their child’s and the registered parent/guardians Customer Reference Number (CRN) and dates of birth on the enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

Each registered parent/guardian and child have their own unique CRN. CCS cannot be applied to an account until a successful enrolment is made with Centrelink.

Once your booking has been processed by our Administration Support Unit, and a successful link has been made with Centrelink, the registered parent/guardian will be required to approve each child’s booking pattern via their myGov account prior to any Child Care Subsidy being applied.

Full fees apply until a CCS claim has been approved by Centrelink and the registered parent/guardian has confirmed the enrolment in their myGov account.  

Cooinda Team

'What I really like is all Educators are welcoming, extremely helpful and supportive'.

Garry (Parent), Cooinda Cottage

Molly Rhodin Cooinda Cottage Childcare Canberra

Molly Rhodin

Director & Educational Leader

Molly has over 30 years’ experience in early childhood education.

Molly has worked across many facets of the education and care sector including many years teaching at CIT, working for a large not for profit community organisation with the oversight of 14 services, to also being the Managing Director of her own professional development and consultancy business, Down to Earth Practical Solutions.

Her consultancy work brought her to North Belconnen Community Association.

As a Director, she embraces the diverse and unique story that has become the tale of ‘Club Cooi’.

Sophie Backhus Cooinda Cottage Childcare Canberra

Sophie Backhus

Assistant Director
(on Maternity leave)

Sophie has over 11 years’ experience in the early childhood sector both in NSW & ACT.

Sophie is the quintessential people person and really enjoys meeting new families and making their tours and enrolments a breeze, tailoring to their individual needs.

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Taryn Downes

Acting Assistant Director

Taryn has had over 22 years experience in the early childhood sector, in both private and community based services.

Taryn has held management roles (assistant director) at two previous services, and now with Sophie being on maternity leave, at Cooinda.

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.

Reconciliation Action


Cooinda Cottage's vision for reconciliation begins with our understandings and acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original owners and custodians of land. 

We recognise and embrace that this culture has shaped our shared cultural heritage, our natural learnings and ponderings, our sense of wisdom as this heritage is the oldest and continuing living culture with archaeological evidence dating more than 40 000 years.

We acknowledge and celebrate the unique and rich learning that has occurred on our Ngunnawal land and indeed, across this big brown land.

We acknowledge the pain of yesterday and today, and the influence this pain will have for many years to come.

We also acknowledge that our Reconciliation Journey has a focus on future learnings, ponderings and collective growth. 

At Cooinda Cottage, we understand our role of advocacy, of place, of educating generations to come, and of fairness in hope for reconciliation.