We provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere for your child.
With respectful and rewarding partnerships with families through ongoing communication and collaborative techniques, we ensure children reach their full potential.
At Columba Cottage, 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 provide co-curricular activities at no extra cost to families during the day at Columba Cottage, such as our dance program and our movement skills program. Columba Cottage educators also take children to extra-curricular activities and programs such as RubgyTots, Swimming and Sprockets. Read more about our extra-curricular activities here.
Our Long Day Care rooms are run by quality, dedicated and friendly staff. Shaleisha runs the Koala room for babies up to 18 months of age. Bec runs our Possum room for toddlers aged 18 months to two years. Deanna runs our Bilby room which is full of energetic children aged two and above, and Rachel runs our Platypus room which is for children three and above.
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 home made lunches, or freshly made nutritious food can be pre-ordered from the School canteen. Read here about how we can make mealtimes easy for families. To view our menu, please click here.
Regular reporting on your child’s development is at your fingertips. As a parent or caregiver, you can login to our secure app, Storypark, to view daily moments from your child’s day, plus ongoing summative assessments, goals and areas for growth. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that any images or video taken of your child is secure within the Storypark app and you can invite grandparents and other family members to view via a secure connection.