Tillys Play and Development Centre at Bolwarra is a purpose built centre which was established in 2016. With an extension made to a traditional house facade, the centre boasts originality and character like no other. Tillys at Bolwarra is a 118 place long day care centre that caters for children aged 0-12 years for 51 weeks of the year from 6:30am-6:30pm.

The centre includes two nursery rooms for children aged 0-2, one toddler room for children aged 2-3, two preschool rooms for children aged 3-6 and an OOSH/Vacation Care room catering for school aged children. The Out of School Hours and Vacation Care (OOSH) facility has 2 mini buses that cater for Bolwarra Public School, Largs Public School and St Johns The Baptist. Our centre features amazing natural and man-made structures to enhance children’s learning and allows them to explore and build on their interests and skills. We are proud to have been assessed by the Early Childhood Education Directorate, NSW Department of Education, and awarded an Exceeding rating across all 7 Quality Areas, and also meet the highest level accreditation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Detective Program. Our natural outdoor play space features a dry creek bed, vast established gardens, sandpits, bike tracks, swings, large tree trunks for climbing, chickens and friendly horses in our neighbouring paddocks. Each room presents individually to cater for different developmental levels, interests and focuses. We have a dedicated art room filled with many different fun, messy, creative experiences to enhance creative thinking.

The centre has a strong community connection with the local public schools which aids in the Transition to School program we provide. We work with our local schools to develop our Transition to School program, helping to prepare our pre-schoolers for a smooth transition to kindergarten. Being in close proximity to Bolwarra Public School allows us to make visits and orientations available as part of our Transition to School program. We visit the library, classrooms, canteen, office and playgrounds. These excursions help the children to become familiar with a primary school environment and understand the changes which will be occurring as they begin their journey into primary school. We value our links within the community which allows us to be part of the Maitland show, Steam-Fest, and use local businesses including Head and Heart Mindfulness who provide many ongoing mindfulness classes with the children at our centre.


At our awards night for 2022, Tillys Bolwarra and it’s educators were nominated as finalists and won a number of awards for their excellence and dedication to Early Childhood Education and Care. These include:

Pedagogy and Practice OOSH – Finalist – Emma Fidler

Programmer of the Year OOSH – Finalist – Emma Fidler

Service Educator of the Year Bolwarra – Winner – Vanessa Lucas

Trainee of the Year – Practical – Finalist – Kaitlin Clarke

Trainee of the Year – Theory – Finalist – Vanessa Lucas

Commitment to Critically Reflective Practice – Finalist – Bolwarra

10 Years of Service – Natalie Herth & Olivia Lane


We look forwards to having more families join us and our Bolwarra Tillys community!

For more information on Tillys Play and Development Centre Bolwarra or to enrol, please complete the enquiry form below or contact:

Ph: 49300832

E: bolwarra@tillyschildcare.com.au


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Our Rooms


The Wombat Room caters for 12 children aged 0-2 years


The Koala Room caters for 8 children aged 0-2 years


The Platypus Room caters for 15 children aged 2-3 years


The Emu Room caters for 25 children aged 2-6 years


The Echidna Room caters for 30 children aged 3-6 years


OOSH and Vacation Care

The Goanna Room caters for 30 children aged 5-12 years

Our Bolwarra Centre Director and Leaders


Melissa Widuch

Educational Leader

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood

Stacey Coggan

Nominated Supervisor

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care