Welcome to The Little Cottage
Little in size….big in heart and soul. The Little Cottage is your child’s ‘home away from home’. We’re a boutique purpose designed centre catering to 36 children. The centre is a long standing establishment in the local community and has been providing families with the highest quality of childcare for over a decade. Our gorgeous centre features cozy interiors with bright happy colours, delicious home cooked style meals and warm, nurturing highly qualified staff, most of whom have been working at the centre since we ‘opened the doors’.
Our centre is made up of both indoor and outdoor space and together, provide ample opportunity for children to discover, explore, create, learn and importantly…have fun! Indoors is made up of activity filled rooms with comfortable reading nooks and well defined educational spaces, while outside you’ll find our secure landscaped yard is full of fun play equipment and interesting spaces to foster creativity and encourage positive interaction between each child. From the cool underwater theme painted backdrop that inspires many great imaginary tales, to the large sandpit, established herb gardens, play equipment and grassed area, the playtime desires and energy levels of all our children are very well catered for.
The Little Cottage has also has a strong networking relationship with Carlton Public School, which is located directly next door. In preparation for kindergarten, our preschoolers have numerous opportunities throughout the year to go on an excursion and visit the school. The children love these excursions as it not only assists with the transition to ‘big school’, but also allows them to garner a sense of ‘belonging to the community’. Representatives from Carlton Public School are also strong influences in the creation and implementation of our school readiness program. This ensures that the school program we deliver is as current, relevant and up to date as it can be.
The Little Cottage is privately owned and run by Anastasia Papadopoulos, an Award winning child care centre operator and a much loved member of the Southern Sydney community. The centre is open Monday – Friday from 7am to 6pm for 52 weeks of the year (closed on NSW Public Holidays) and caters for children between the ages of 20 months – 5 years.
Please contact for any questions or to book a tour of the centre. We look forward to welcoming your family to The Little Cottage family.
What to bringOur daily rate includes the provision of morning tea, cooked lunch and afternoon tea. We kindly ask that you provide the following:
- One piece of fruit and small tub of yogurt (this is shared as a fruit platter for morning or afternoon tea)
- Pillow and sheet placed inside the pillow case
- Bag containing spare clothes, underwear, hat and drink bottle
- Milk Bottle – 2-3yrs rest time bottle
Wyralla Road Kindergarden provides high quality care and education throughout the service by recognising that all children, families and staff are unique individuals that need to be respected. We acknowledge that children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. We foster children’s self-worth, as well as provide an understanding of acceptance for others. We celebrate, honour and promote the diversity not just related to our centre, but the diversity of the world we live in. We do this through the combination of children, staff and family input, resources and via our community. Our program reflects the diverse culture of the world we live in, by developing children’s awareness and respect for cultural differences and similarities. Though this we are able to provide a stable, safe and loving environment that fosters a solid foundation for lifelong success.
We provide educationally appropriate recourses to assist in the development of the whole child. Children initiate their own learning through play in a stimulating environment that provides variety, choice and stability. Play should be fun, exciting, hands on, spontaneous, stimulating, interesting, relaxing, comforting, social and challenging. When a child feels safe, secure and cared for, they will engage in activities and interactions that provide these experiences, which will in turn, support their cognitive and language skills and overall development.
Our learning spaces are clean and uncluttered. Furniture, materials and toys are age-appropriate and our outdoor space is designed so supervising caregivers can observe all children at all times. It is secure, has age-appropriate outdoor equipment and opportunity for running and other large motor activities. Wyralla Road Kindergarden operates under the premise that an effective and caring environment will help children feel invited and welcome to explore and learn.
We love to play at Wyralla Road Kindergarden! Play provides a wonderful opportunity for children to connect with and enjoy one another. Apart from being fun, play also has many benefits for your child. Play provides a bond and an opportunity for communication. It helps children become competent with problem solving and mastery, as well as developing their social skills such as patience, leadership and communication. Play also helps with brain development through the rich mix of cognitive, motor and language development opportunities. Importantly, play also provides an occasion for fun and laughter, both of which help children feel welcome and part of something.
We recognise the importance of creating an environment where children’s life outside the centre is entwined within the centre. We work closely together as functional members of an efficient team, creating continuity in the child’s life. The nurturing of these connections and continuity between learning experiences in different settings helps make learning more meaningful and increase the child’s feelings of belonging, as well as fostering self-esteem and confidence. We accept the development of children as individual and provide experiences that cater for distinct interests as well as that of the group. Wyralla Road Kindergarden encourages children to pursue learning together in an engaging and nurturing environment, supported by dedicated and caring educators.