Sparrow Early Learning
About Wagtail Cottage
Wagtail Cottage is an early learning centre located in Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula. It was originally built as a doctor’s surgery with a garden designed by famous landscape gardener, Edna Walling. Read more.
We provide care and education for children from 6 weeks through to school age. Our centre prides itself on a warm friendly atmosphere that has often been referred to as an extension of the home. We aim to provide care that compliments and extends the home life, supporting families to meet their child’s needs to the best of our ability.
Our natural setting adds to the extension of home life, where the children are able to explore nature and be challenged by their investigations.
Our relationships with families and children is of utmost importance to us and we strive to support our families and children to feel part of our Wagtail family.
What makes our early learning service in Somerville unique?
- Nutritionally balanced meals provided
- Nappies & wipes provided
- Hats & sunscreen provided
- Fully accredited, Government-funded Kindergarten Program
- Maternal health nurse
- Farmyard animals
- Highly qualified & experienced educators
- Regular photos & updates on your child’s activities
6 weeks-14 months
14 months - 2years
2 - 3 years old
3 - 4 years old
4 - 5 years old
Service Manager at our early learning service, Somerville
“I have a passion for the early years and supporting our leaders of the future. I believe children learn best when they feel safe, secure and supported and providing an environment that promotes these elements are what we pride our service on.” Read more.
I believe in working in partnership with families. I welcome their feedback, participation and the sharing of ideas as an essential avenue for encouraging their involvement and of evaluating the centre’s performance in regards to ensuring best practices and continual improvement.
in my role as Service Manager i guide and mentor our educators to ensure we are providing the highest quality care, enhance current practices ensuring the educators meet the child’s needs, family’s needs and expectations and to maintain a strong reputation within the community.
Our team here at Wagtail Cottage Early Childhood Care and Education look forward to welcoming you and working alongside you in your child’s early learning journey.
My qualifications & experience:
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care
- Over 13 years of experience in early education & care, 7 of those being in management
The Sparrow Way.
The Sparrow Way combines proven international early learning methods to create a unique practice designed for today’s society. Guided by the principles of Reggio Emilia and underpinned by The Early Years Framework for Australia, we embrace children’s inherent abilities to learn and develop, creating an environment for them to find solutions through exploration, discovery and invention.
Waitlist & enrolment process
Our early learning service in Somerville East promotes an open-door policy where families can visit and walk through the centre at any time during operational hours.
Once families have completed a tour, they will receive an enrolment pack with all necessary paperwork.
Once enrolled, the orientation process begins. The orientation process is an arrangement made between families and staff that supports the family’s needs.
Accessing the Childcare Subsidy
We understand that access to the Government Childcare Subsidy is an important consideration when choosing a childcare centre. Learn more about eligibility, how to access the subsidy and how Sparrow works with your family to ensure a smooth transition into early learning childcare.
Happy families at Wagtail Cottage
“I have three children 5, 2 & 9 months and all my children have attended Somerville Childcare & Kindergarten. The educators at the service are outstanding and provide an environment my children all love and call there second home! This service is absolutely amazing!”
Book your tour today
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