Our team of Educators at Columba Cottage provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere for your child. We aim to develop respectful and rewarding partnerships with families through ongoing communication and collaborative techniques to ensure children reach their full potential. 

We work with families to ensure that each and every child has:

  • The opportunity to grow, learn, share and follow instructions
  • The foundation for learning that will continue in Primary School
  • Social and emotional development in a secure, supportive and safe environment
  • A sense of competence and self-worth
  • Curiosity, ideas and imagination to progress steadily from solitary play to one-on-one play, to more complicated group play
  • Motor skill development by providing opportunities to climb and play active games daily.

We also provide extra-curricular activities and programs to complement our Long Day Care program such as RubgyTots, Yoga, Swimming and Sprockets. Read more about our extra-curricular activities here.

Columba Cottage Long Day Care runs on weekdays between 6.30am and 6.00pm, 52 weeks per year.

We are located on the grounds of St Columba Anglican School at 1 Iona Avenue, Port Macquarie, where you can drop off and pick up your children at our safe and secure drop off zone.

Children can eat food prepared from home, or freshly made nutritious food can be pre-ordered from the School canteen. Click here to read more about the food options that we provide.

As a parent or caregiver, you can login to our secure app to view photo and videos of your child engaging in daily activities and receive regular developmental reports as well as Columba Cottage notices and newsletters.

The Columba Cottage community are dedicated to providing an aesthetically pleasing and inviting learning environment where children and families feel welcomed and valued.

Child Care Benefits and Child Care Rebates are available to qualifying families.

Interested in learning more about Columba Cottage? Leave your email address below so that you can keep up-to-date with Cottage News. Alternatively talk to us about your child care needs today on 02 6581 4433.

About the author: All round go-getter, Susanna Christie, is the Executive Director of Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre, where she leads a passionate team of 50 staff who love what they do, caring for children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 6 years. With a background in teaching from pre-school through to university, Susanna is passionate about all aspects of child development and wellbeing. Her qualifications include a Masters in Education, Bachelor of Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies. Susanna’s aim is to ensure that Columba Cottage remains the best Early Learning Centre on the Mid North Coast.