Our Philosophy

The Learning Cottage is founded on our holistic approach to learning, meaningful relationships and a safe, home like environment. We believe all children should be treated with equality and their linguistic diversity should be embraced and acknowledged. We encourage each child’s uniqueness and strive to provide an environment where children’s interests, creativity, curiosity and sense of agency is provided.

We work closely with our children, families and community to create a program that is meaningful and relative to the children’s interests, strengths and areas of development. Our educators acknowledge this and ensure The Early Years Framework is implemented through quality practices and guidance for your child’s learning. Our team upholds a professional and nurturing approach to early education, using critical reflective practices and strong communication between our children and families.

We’re very passionate about sustainability and educating children on the importance of taking care of our bodies, land, water and other living beings.

Environment is Central

Children are provided with a balance of active and quiet activities, and rest time is provided each day. Balances of indoor and outdoor experiences are incorporated into our daily routine through our indoor and outdoor programs.

We make sure your child is surrounded by the care and warmth they require to grow, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Relationships are Key

Families are encouraged to share their culture, language and home experiences with our centre. Our emphasis is on partnerships with families and the greater community. Families are encouraged to participate in the centre and share in decision making as they are recognised as their child’s first teacher. They are included in centre activities through our calendar of events and open-door policy.

Enriching activities

Children are provided with a balance of active and quiet activities, and rest time is provided each day. Balances of indoor and outdoor experiences are incorporated into our daily routine through our indoor and outdoor programs.

Positive behavioural encouragement

Positive encouragement and reinforcement are used as tools at The Learning Cottage to direct and promote behaviours. Through positive encouragement and experiences, we aim to build high self-esteem and self-worth in the children and staff role model positive behaviour and communication skills. Our program is inclusive of children with special needs. Programs and plans will reflect the individual child’s needs. Where appropriate, resource workers will be utilised.
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The Munch & Move initiative

This Munch & Move government initiative advocates for and supports healthy development of children of up to five years of age. The movement endorses a balance of physical activity, a healthy diet and minimal TV/tablet time to instil healthy lifestyles from a young age. The Learning Cottage supports the New South Wales government’s priority of decreasing childhood obesity; healthy habits start at birth!

For more information on their programs, click here.

Meet the Supervisors

Jessie Childcare Supervisor Erina

Jessie

Nominated Supervisor of The Learning Cottage, Erina

Rara Childcare Supervisor Wollongbar

Rachel (Rara)

Nominated Supervisor of The Learning Cottage, Wollongbar

Our Locations

Erina

Opening Times: Mon-Fri, 7.00am–6.00pm
Address: 42 Karalta Rd, Erina NSW 2250
Phone Number: 02 4367 7760

Wollongbar

Opening Times: Mon-Fri, 7.00am-6.00pm
Address: 3 Smiths Lane, Wollongbar NSW, 2477
Phone Number: 02 6628 5127

Lismore, Keen St

Opening Times: Re-opening early 2024
Address: 28 Keen St, Lismore NSW 2480
Phone Number: 02 6621 2221

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A tour of The Learning Cottage is a great way to learn about how we work and care for our children and it also gives you the opportunity to have all your questions answered.