Reconciliation Action Plan

Since 2006, Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) have enabled organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation. Based around the core pillars relationships, respect and opportunities, RAPs provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.

Reconciliation Australia, 2021
Narragunnawali Awards 2021 – Certificate of Recognition

At MOCCA we honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and perspectives. We believe that by acknowledging Country, and respectfully embedding First Nations perspectives in our everyday curriculums and centre operations, we will empower our MOCCA community to emerge as proud allies and fierce advocates for First Nations people. 

We will add our voice in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s rights to true self determination. We will work collaboratively with our local community to ensure continued understanding and mutually respectful relationships. Our educators will be provided with meaningful professional learning opportunities to strengthen cultural integrity. At MOCCA, reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility, for the benefit of our whole community, “you, me, us”.  

Our RAP Working Group consists of staff, families and community members. As the year comes to a close we say goodbye to some of our families as their children transition to new school settings.

We warmly invite interested families and friends of MOCCA to submit an expression of interest to join our RAP Working Group for 2022. For further information please email the Director, Rowena Muir via

COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

It is important to note that if there are cases of COVID-19 in the community, there are no strategies that eliminate transmission risks within an early childhood education and care community. The goal is to keep potential transmission as low as possible to safely continue operation of the early childhood education and care centre.

This planning tool has been used to assist MOCCA in reopening to full capacity following the end of the ACT Lockdown.

This health and safety plan will outline:

  • Hygiene practices
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Use of the CBR App
  • Staying home when sick
  • Masks
  • Physical distancing
  • Ventilation
  • Wellbeing supports
  • Vaccination
  • Managing suspected or confirmed cases to prevent further transmission

Depending on the public health condition it is possible that there could be additional actions, orders or guidance provided by the ACT Chief Health Officer, ACT Health, or the ACT Education Directorate.

This document outlines both the planning process and the COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan.

The information detailed in the document has been sourced from the ACT Education Directorate and ACT Health as current on 28 September 2021.

MOCCA celebrates the news we can stay

After the fantastic news that MOCCA would not be forced to leave its current site, the community gathered to enjoy a wonderful – if somewhat cold – celebration. MOCCA and the team are so grateful to all the people who have supported us over the last couple of uncertain years, and again thank the ACT Government for making the right decision for the Manuka community.

We were honoured to have Duncan Smith and the Wiradjuri Echoes join us for a smoking ceremony to celebrate this “rebirth” for MOCCA. We also hosted Shane Rattenbury (ACT Education Minister), Elizabeth Lee (Liberal MLA) and Rachel Stephen-Smith (Labor candidate for Kurrajong) who demonstrated the support MOCCA has in the political sphere!

Thank you to everyone who braved the snowy weather to acknowledge the successful end to this hard-fought campaign.

MOCCA’s campaign to stay is a success

After a number of uncertain months and years, we’re very excited to announce that MOCCA has been given a commitment from the ACT Government that we can remain on the Manuka site that has been a place for children and their families for over 80 years.

The Canberra Times has covered the story, and MOCCA will be holding a celebration party with the ACT Education Minister Shane Rattenbury.

Read MOCCA’s official media release here.

MOCCA Festival

What a fantastic day!


It was another exciting, fun and beautiful day for the MOCCA community. As well as the great turnout from our friends in the Manuka and Canberra area, we were very fortunate to have shows of support from many local politicians (see below).


Thanks as usual to all the wonderful local businesses that sponsored us, and to the tireless families and educators who went the extra mile to plan and prepare for the Festival.