Our Holt Early Learning Centre is made up of open plan spaces filled with light, natural materials, busy sounds of children, cosy nests and comforting aroma’s from the central kitchen – it is a space in which you immediately feel welcome, wish to belong and want to explore.

Our approach encourages and values learning through interrelationships, interdependence, peer scaffolding, family and mixed age interactions. Working in partnership with families is paramount in providing children with the highest quality of care and education.

We are inspired by theorists Reggio Emilia, Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber among others. The basis of our approach is respect with our goal to raise an authentic child.

The centre is nestled within a modest suburban hub providing rich ‘indoors, outdoors and beyond the fence’ experiences of wonder. Our little community of relationships, culture and values lies within a local, national and international community recognising children as citizens of the world.

Fees & Resources
What’s Included at the Y


Our Holt Early Learning Centre offers an environment full of enrichment and growth opportunities. As part of the Y Canberra Region community, we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with each other, our community, the children and their families.

Every day is an opportunity to learn, explore, discover and connect.

Our Holt centre is an open plan space with designated areas for different age groups. With our educator to child ratios in place to enable the best learning experience for the children, we can accommodate up to 88 children with ratios as shown below.

Silky Oak Nest

Age: 6 weeks – 18 months old

Nests: 1

Staff Child Ratio: 1:4

Bottle Brush Nest

Age: 1 – 2 yrs old

Nests: 1

Staff Child Ratio: 1:4

Wattle Nest

Age: 2 – 3 yrs

Nests: 1

Staff Child Ratio: 1:5

Waratah Nest

Age: 2 – 3 yrs

Nests: 1

Staff Child Ratio: 1:5

Coolibah Nest

Age: 3 – 4 yrs

Nests: 1

Staff Child Ratio: 1:11

Jarrah Nest

Age: 4 – 5 yrs

Nests: 1

Staff Child Ratio: 1:11


Under 3-year-olds 10 or 11 hour session $155 per day
Over 3-year-olds 10 or 11 hour session $152 per day


Download our Family Handbook

What’s included?

Nutritious meals are prepared on-site by our qualified chef:

  • Breakfast program
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Late snack

Also included for our families:

  • Nappies
  • Sunscreen
  • Qualified Early Childhood Educational professionals
  • Hats
  • Children can also help themselves to any fresh fruit throughout the day from the fruit bowls around the centre

Safeguarding Children & Young People

The Y Canberra Holt Early Learning Centre is independently reviewed by theAustralian Childhood Foundation(ACF) to ensure that our services are safe for all children and young people.

The ACF ‘Independently Reviewed’ stamp is a sign of assurance that the Y is a safe place for your children and young people.

Follow this link to our Enrolment Process

Contact Us

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday,
7am – 6pm


Phone (02) 6254 7545


180 Starke Street,
Holt ACT

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YMCA Holt Early Learning Centre

180 Starke Street,
Holt ACT