Spence Children’s Cottage

Spence is a homely 25 place early childhood service. It is a unique service that was established with help from the Women’s Electoral Lobby in 1974 and has always had a strong community focus.

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 individual 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.

Progressive routines allow for the children to have more choice and flexibility, creating happy and calm environments for the children to learn, grow and thrive.

Our program has a strong child led focus. The children are encouraged and regularly involved in the decision making of the program, based on each individual child’s interests, strengths, needs and development.

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


19 Dalgleish Close, Spence


(ph): 02 6258 2077

(e): spence.cottage@ywca-canberra.org.au

Opening Hours

7.45am to 5.45pm Monday to Friday


$110 per session (permanent booking)

$115 per session (casual booking)