Blog: Children’s Services

YWCA Canberra celebrates official opening of brand new Fairley Early Childhood Service with Murrumbateman community
3 July 2017

Thursday, 29 June saw YWCA Canberra welcome a crowd of more than 60 people who gathered together over drinks and canapés to officially open the brand new Fairley Early Childhood Service in Murrumbateman, NSW. Before the ribbon was officially cut by YWCA Canberra President Jude Burger, guests heard from Rowena Abbey, Mayor of Yass Valley Council […]

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Term three highlights from Lyneham School Age Care
26 October 2016

YWCA Canberra runs 13 School Age Care programs across Canberra, providing care for children before and after school and during the holidays. Our educators work hard to offer a diverse range of experiences and opportunities that are designed to foster children’s wellbeing, development and learning. Here, Rachel Pace, School Age Care Program Manager at Lyneham Primary School […]

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The year in review – Frances Crimmins, Executive Director, YWCA Canberra
12 October 2016

  Our 2016 AGM was held on Monday 10 October, bringing together more than 80 members, staff and friends to celebrate our achievements, and elect new board members. I’m pleased to share with you some of our key areas of impact, and highlights from the 2015-16 year, which you can find out more about in […]

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Dr Do Little, Dance Lessons and Disaster Chef in the July School holidays
3 August 2016

The July school holidays were packed with exciting opportunities for children who attended our four programs at Majura, Turner, Kingsford Smith and St. Benedict’s Primary Schools. During the first week, children watched as tiny eggs arrived in an incubator, slowly hatched, and little chicks began exploring their new environment, as part of a hatching program. The children learned about […]

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Inclusivity through School Age Care
27 July 2016

In Australia, School Age Care is underpinned by the national framework, My Time, Our Place, which aims to assist educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their optential and develop a foundation for future success. Inclusivity and respect for diversity are key principles of this framework.  Here, we speak with Kathleen, Geanean and Jilly, […]

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Celebrating one year at Winyu Early Childhood Service
30 May 2016

Despite some rain and a chilly morning fog on Saturday, our team of educators met at the Winyu Early Childhood Service in Gungahlin bright and early. We gathered to prepare for our very first birthday event, celebrating our newest service turning one. In between hanging pieces of artwork and photos in our gallery, the significance of […]

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Ever wondered what we get up to at School Age Care?
3 May 2016

YWCA Canberra runs 13 School Age Care programs across Canberra, providing care for children before and after school and during the holidays. Our educators work hard to offer a diverse range of experiences and opportunities that are designed to foster children’s wellbeing, development and learning. We have had a fabulous start to the year – read […]

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Children smiling at Conder Early Childhood Service.

Statement regarding recent media coverage of childcare in the ACT
9 February 2016

Many of you may have seen some recent reports in The Canberra Times regarding the affordability and quality of early childhood education and care in the ACT. While the media coverage raised important issues, I believe that some information was misleading and could rightly concern parents. We would like to take the opportunity to provide […]

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Children playing in mud at Winyu

The benefits of playing with mud
3 February 2016

Today’s weather looked a lot like winter was on its way, and as adults we often get wrapped up in how inconvenient the rain, mud and wet weather is. Have you ever wondered what a child sees when it rains? When I arrived this morning to say ‘Good morning’ to the children in our Winyu […]

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Children's picture

YWCA Canberra on the health and wellbeing of children in immigration detention
16 October 2015

Last week, approximately 1000 doctors, nurses and clinical support staff at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) spoke out regarding the severely detrimental impact of immigration detention on children’s health and wellbeing. [1] In a joint statement, they argued that “Children have nightmares, bed-wetting, and behaviour problems. They develop depression and anxiety symptoms, and their development […]

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