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Acacia Early Education and Care Centre

Acacia Early Education and Care Centre is a medium size centre (64 places) situated in the Attorney General’s building that has created a strong sense of ‘community’ with the children and families that attend the centre. This has been created by having a shared outdoor learning space for all children of the service as well as a shared dining area which is the central hub of the centre – it is used for all meals, group and community events, and simply as a place to meet and chat.

Acacia Early Education and Care Centre has been working with the Canberra environment centre in a three year initiative to establish and maintain vegetable and herb gardens. The children have been very involved in this project taking part in a program called ‘ grow together’ where they learn about gardening, healthy foods and sustainable practices.

Acacia Early Education and Care Centre have embedded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into their everyday curriculum. Educators have received training on the provision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander appropriate pedagogy, and an Aboriginal Elder visits our Birralee service and Acacia once a month to talk with the children about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history through music, dance and storytelling.

The waiting list has a priority of access to the Attorney General’s Department but can also take non-Departmental applications.


The Centre operates 51 weeks of the year and provides a high quality educational program.

The educators at Acacia Early Education and Care Centre are committed to nurturing and supporting the individual needs and values of each child and their family.

Address: 3-5 National Circuit Barton 2600
Email: acacia@communityservices1.org
Phone: 02 6273 6415

Click here to read more about how we organise our environments for learning and development.

We proudly achieved an ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ (highest quality rating) as part of the national child care service assessment framework.


We also have incursions including the CS#1 Wellbeing program and garden program with the Canberra environment centre.

As part of the daily fee, all of our centres provide a full nappy service.

We also serve nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day. The recommended serves per day for young children are:

Grains: 2
Fruit: 0.75
Vegetables: 2
Dairy: 1
Meat/alternative: 1
Sometimes food: 1

To view a sample menu click here. This sample menu provides the following serves per day: Grains (2), Fruit (1), Vegetables (2), Dairy (1), Meat/alternative (1), Sometimes Food (0).


Acacia caters for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age and the centre is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm. There are three rooms at Acacia:

Gumnuts (Nursery) – 6 weeks to 2 years

Bluebells (Toddlers) – 2 years to 3 years

Wattles (Preschool) – 3 years to 5 years.

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