Cooinda Cottage believes that a child’s journey and future is affected by our past, our people and own individual growth. NBCA has a strong commitment to the provision of an inclusive community service for children and their families that is based on secure relationships, interactive teaching and learning with a holistic approach to every child’s wellness and wellbeing.

We strive to provide high quality education and care through the implementation of the National Quality Framework. Cooinda Cottage is located at the Charnwood Shopping Centre, offering a large, free parking facility in front of the service.

We provide nappies and all food for the day. Meals include Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and a Late Snack. Our menus follow Nutrition Australia Guidelines.

Cooinda offers both Long Day Care and Occasional Care.

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, with the office being attended from 7.45am to 5.30pm each day.

Cooinda Cottage is open for 51 weeks of the year, closing for approximately one week over the Christmas / New Year period, as well as closing for all recognised Public Holidays.


Cooinda Cottage has a Service Approval to educate and care for up to 80 children per day between the ages of birth to 5 years. The children are cared for in one of the following rooms, according to their age, developmental level and availability of places:

Room Number Of Children Approximate age group Educator:Child Ratio
Infants 12 Birth – 15 months 1:4
Junior Toddlers 12 15 months – 2 years 1:4
Senior Toddlers 15 2 – 3 years 1:5
Junior Preschool 15 3 – 4 years 1:11
Senior Preschool 28 4 – 5 years 1:11

Permanent Placements

In the event of being offered a permanent place, families will be required to pay a deposit to hold the position. Part of this fee will be a non-refundable enrolment fee that will cover the cost of a hat for your child and administration costs. The rest of the fee will go towards covering the first amount of fees you are charged once your child starts care.

Occasional Care

Occasional care can be booked by families (subject to availability). This care can be booked up to 7 days in advance by calling the service.


Fees are only accepted via a direct debit system, where the amount owed each fortnight will be debited from your nominated bank account or credit card.

From Monday 29 July 2019, fees at Cooinda Cottage will be charged at the following rates:

Full time (Monday – Friday): $550 per week

Full day: $116 per day

Casual full day: $116 per day

Casual hourly rate: $20 per hour

Enrolment Information

Families are invited to attend a walkthrough of the service on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.00am, or at a time that suits you. Families are encouraged to complete a waiting list form which is available on the day or by contacting the service. Places are offered to families on the waiting list as vacancies arise. Upon being offered a place at Cooinda Cottage, families are required to complete an enrolment pack and pay a $250 deposit. This payment consists of 2 components:

  • $50 administration fee that is non-refundable, includes the cost of a hat for your child
  • $200 holding fee for your child’s place at the service. If you do not follow through with the enrolment you will forfeit this money completely. If you continue with the enrolment your first account will be credited with $200.

What We Provide

Nutritious meals throughout the day for all age groups, along with Bush Tucker experiences on a monthly basis. Our meals are guided by the Nutrition Australia Guidelines. We also supply nappies, sunscreen and some linen.

Cooinda Cottage Contact Details

Ph: 6259 1880


Physical address: 77 Charnwood Place, Charnwood, ACT, 2615

Postal address: PO Box 6730, Charnwood, ACT, 2615

Director: Molly Rhodin

Assistant Director: Sophie Backhus

Educational Leader / Teacher / Indigenous Mentor: Tracey Porter

Cook: Sonja Pitt

Waiting List Application