The Take a Break program is the most common program on offer at the Cottage. Children are often in grades 3-6 and stay at the Cottage for up to 5 days. The program emphasises co-operation and respect and encourages children to be healthy, active, happy and secure.

Children are usually referred by school welfare officers, welfare agencies, government health departments or council services.


  • To establish positive patterns of behaviour in children
  • To develop additional social skills that assist children in group situations
  • To improve school attendance
  • To encourage children to be more active
  • To endorse the benefits of healthy eating habits
  • To support well-being by increasing self-esteem and confidence
  • To advocate respect for self and others



  • Improved school attendance
  • More active children
  • Healthier eating habits
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Greater respect for self and others