Welcome to The Little Cottage, Our Childcare Centre in Carlton

About our childcare & long day care centre in Carlton

Little in size….big in heart and soul, The Little Cottage (TLC) is a long standing childcare and early learning centre in Carlton, where literally generations of families have been enrolled. For the past 22 years, TLC has been providing local families with the highest quality of childcare and early learning, and for the past decade, the centre has operated under the leadership of Award winning operators Anastasia Papadopoulos and Simon Leverton.

Our gorgeous boutique designed childcare centre in Carlton caters to 36 children and features cozy interiors with neutral 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 spaces 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 yard is full of fun play equipment 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.

TLC 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 and Simon Leverton, Award winning child care centre operators and much loved members of the Southern Sydney community. Our early learning 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.

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What to bring to our childcare centre

Our 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

And if required for your child:

  • Nappies
  • Milk Bottle – 2-3yrs rest time bottle

Our Qualities

Respectful Childcare Centre


The Little Cottage provides high quality care and education throughout our childcare 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.

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Fun Childcare Centre


We provide educationally appropriate early learning resources 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.

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Playful Childcare Centre


We love to play at The Little Cottage! 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.

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Nurturing Childcare Centre


We believe in educating and ensuring children participate in practices of sustainability by promoting responsibility and respect towards the environment. Our children are seen as active participants in recycling, gardening and re using everyday household products.

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From Our Childcare Blog

The Little Cottage is centered in the heart of Carlton, St George.

A picture of our childcare centre in Carlton

Our Location

78 Willison Rd, Carlton NSW 2218

T: (02) 9587 0335

E: director@thelittlecottage.com.au