About Us

We are a community based centre - that is we are a non-profit organisation managed by parents of children attending the Centre.  This means that we are focused on doing the best we can for our families.

The Centre is licensed for long day care 61 children from birth to six years old. The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and offers full-time, daily care. Approximately 90 children use the centre per week.

The Centre has staff-children ratios higher than the minimum required by legislation and has a low turnover of staff.  

The Centre does not provide occasional day care.

We put great value on the staff of the Centre working together with the parents  in providing tailored eduction and care to each child (see the Learning page). 

The Centre is accredited with the National Childcare Accreditation Council .

The Centre's services are eligible for Australian Government subsidies such as Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Tax Rebate.

History of the Centre

The Centre was initially set up in the mid 1980s, as part of the former Canberra Technical and Further Education system, now the Canberra Institute of Technology, providing care and education for the children of students and staff, and practical experience for students in child care courses within the Institute.

For several years the Centre has been a separate body, in the form of a non-profit incorporated association under the control of parents of children at the Centre (see the Organisation and Management page).  The Centre continues to be associated with the Canberra Institute of Technology and its childcare courses in a number of ways.

Organisation and Management of the Centre

The non-profit incorporated association that operates the Centre is Woden Early Childhood Centre Inc.(ABN 65 514 661 896)  which is governed by its constitution. Parents of children at the Centre are members of the Association.

A Committee of parents, elected at the Annual General Meeting of parents, oversights the overall operation of the Centre.   The Committee makes the big decisions about the centre, such as how we spend our money and making plans for our future. 

The  Committee  meets once a month.  The meetings are advertised in advance at the Centre.  All parents are encouraged to attend meetings, whether they are members of the Committee or not.  Attending meetings or being a member of the Management Committee is one way for parents to  participate in decisions that affect their children.

Meetings are almost always held outside working hours, in the early evening. A light dinner and care for children of parents attending the meeting are usually provided.

Minutes of committee meetings are available at the Centre to parents.

The Association employs a Director who manages the day to day running of the Centre.  The other staff are also employees of the Association.