Career Opportunities and Pathways within Tillys Play and Development Centres

At Tillys Play and Development Centres we are dedicated to providing the best quality care and education available through the use of modern and up to date equipment and facilities and dedicated qualified staff, because at Tillys we believe that “Good Beginnings Never End”. If you are passionate about providing the best quality care and education to children and would like to begin your career with us send your resume to:



If you have passion, enthusiasm and a strong commitment to high quality care and education click here to send through your resume.

Or click here to visit our available positions in SEEK.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

All Centres: Casual Educator Certificate III or Diploma Qualified – On Call 5 days per week.

Bolwarra – Certificate lll Trainee – 5 days / 38 hours per week.

Cardiff – Certificate lll Trainee – 5 days / 38 hours per week.

Chisholm – Certificate lll Trainee – 5 days / 38 hours per week.

Fern Bay – Certificate lll Trainee – 5 days / 38 hours per week.

Fern Bay – Diploma Educator – 4 days / 37.92 hours per week.

Fern Bay – Diploma Educator – 5 days / 37.5 hours per week.

Fern Bay – Diploma Educator – 3 days / 28hours per week.

Fern Bay – ISS Support- 2 days / 13 hours per week.

Fern Bay – Certificate III Educator – 2 days / 15hours per week.

Gillieston Heights – University Trained Early Childhood Teacher – 5 days / 38 hours per week OR part time position available.

Greta – Certificate lll OR Diploma Qualified – 4 days / 37.5 hours per week.

Rutherford – University Trained Early Childhood Teacher – 5 days / 38 hours per week

Waratah 1 – University Trained Early Childhood Teacher OR Working Towards ECT OR Diploma  – 5 days / 37.5 hours per week.

Waratah 2 – Certificate lll Trainee – 5 days / 38 hours per week.

Waratah 2 – Diploma Qualified Educators – 4 days / 37.5 hours per week.

Waratah 2 – Certificate lll Educator – 4 days / 30hrs per week.

Waratah 2 – Diploma Qualified Educator – 5 days / 37.5 hours per week.


OR click here to visit Seek to view our advertised positions.

Are you looking at beginning your career and study with us?

Tillys Play and Development Centres in partnership with International Childcare College have an opportunity for you to study CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care FEE FREE* with Tillys Gateways – Good Beginnings program.

Click here to view the course brochure for more information

What does this course offer?
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will equip you with beginning skills and essential knowledge to successfully undertake the role of a trained Early Childhood Educator.
Delivered over 12 months this program provides a holistic approach to learning by allowing students access to:
⭐️ Trainer led face-to-face classroom learning.
⭐️ Guaranteed work placement at Tillys Play & Development – Waratah #2 Centre, providing first-hand experience in the role of an Early Childhood Educator.
⭐️ Online self-study to complete learning and assessments at your own pace.
When can I start?
For information on our next intake – contact the college on 4956 4333 or email
Am I eligible for FEE FREE* enrolment?
For learners to be enrolled FEE FREE under NSW Government Skilling for Recovery funding they must be:-
15 years old or over.
No longer at school.
Living or working in NSW.
An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
And be one (or more) of the following:
‍♀️ Job seeker. This includes someone who is unemployed, on income support payments or expected to become unemployed.
‍♀️ Young person (including school leaver) aged 16-24, regardless of employment status.
‍♀️ NSW veteran and their recognised partner or spouse.
‍♀️ Young person (including school leaver) aged 16-24, regardless of employment status.
‍♀️ Any individual (including an employed person) seeking fee-free* training in specific full and part qualifications in aged care, childcare, disability care, digital skills or Training and Assessment (TAE).
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Meet Belinda:

I joined the Tillys team at our Muswellbrook centre as an educator in January 2012 after the birth of our fourth child.  I then became the Director there in 2014 returning to full time work as my own children grew older.  In 2016 I transferred as the director to  our Greta centre and in July 2018 I moved into the Educational Advisor/Area Manager role working with all of our centres supporting them in their programming and practice to ensure they are working with knowledge of the most up to date research and best practice.

My passion is child-led play based learning in early childhood along with strong, positive relationships with children, educators, families and communities that foster best outcomes for children. I advocate for children’s rights, the best interests of children and for supportive and inclusive environments that empower those involved and encourage others to join.  I am committed to continually learning, gaining new knowledge and continuing to grow as an educator. I have the strong belief that ‘Good beginnings never end’ and attribute to supporting a lifelong journey of learning.

My career with Tillys and relationships with other educators, leaders and management pushes me to be the best early childhood teacher I can be,  empowers me as an educator, inspires me as a leader and supports me as an employee.

Meet Olivia:

I have been working for Tillys since 2013. I started off studying my Certificate III through Tillys College of Childcare within one of our long day care centres. Whilst studying at the college at our Greta centre, I fell in love with the industry and enjoyed helping to build relationships with families and children to assist them in learning and growing in their early years. After finishing my Certificate III, I was offered a causal position at the centre, before eventually becoming a permanent educator in the 0-2 Nursery. Whilst working in our Greta centre I was offered the opportunity to further my studies through a Diploma traineeship with Tillys College of Childcare. I was very excited about this and jumped at the opportunity to further my knowledge and skills in this area and learn more about Early Childhood Education and Care. In 2016 I completed my Diploma traineeship and became the room leader of a 0-2 nursery within our Bolwarra centre. Here I was able to lead the program and curriculum in the room with the assistance of other educators. After a year in this role I then was offered a 2IC position at our Bolwarra centre. During my time in this role I developed my knowledge even further and found a passion for leading and supporting a team of enthusiastic and committed educators. Since developing these essential skills, I have been able to transfer to our Waratah 1 and then our Waratah 2 service as their Centre Director and Nominated Supervisor. Since becoming a Centre Director and Nominated Supervisor, I have found my passion for working alongside children in the rooms is where my heart lies. I have since moved back to our Bolwarra service to continue my passion for working with the 0-2 age group.

I am so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful team at Tillys. They have been amazing in supporting me to grow and develop throughout my childcare career whilst also helping young minds to play, grow and develop as well.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a position at Tillys Play and Development Centres?

You can apply for a position with Tillys by using this website. Once you have found a job that you would like to be considered for simply click on the link within ‘APPLY TODAY’ and email your resume with a cover letter specifying which position you are interested in, a copy of your relevant qualifications and WWCC.

Alternatively, you can apply via our advertised positions on SEEK here.

If you can’t see a position that suits you, you can still email through your resume and cover letter here. We can keep this on hand in case something becomes available in the near future!


Do I need to complete a working with children check?

Prior to commencement with Tillys you will need to gain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) to be able to work in one of our centres. Click here for details on obtaining a Working with Children’s Check.


Why should you work for Tillys Play and Development Centres?

Our aim is to ensure all staff are supported in a fun, energetic environment that encourages personal growth and development. Some of the benefits when working with us include:

Full time, part time and casual employment opportunities;

Flexible days and hours;

Up to 21% above award rates;

Career progression and advancement opportunities;

A friendly and supportive environment with like-minded and passionate individuals;

Complimentary uniform;

Excellent facilities and resources;

Access to paid professional development opportunities including; Training and Development program – Future Leadership development, curriculum training, annual conference, critical reflection forums;

Replaced paid time off the floor for curriculum planning and documentation OR study/traineeship time;

Modern approach to documentation through an online platform of OWNA/StoryPark/Class Dojo/Padlet;

Laptops, computers or iPads in each room for educators;

Staff bonuses and incentives including free movie tickets, lunches and gift vouchers;

Room for growth within the company;

Monthly staff incentives including movie tickets and gift vouchers;

Free influenza vaccinations each year;

NESA fees paid yearly for University Trained Early Childhood Teachers;

Paid Team Meetings;

Westpac member benefits;

Reduced Genesis gym membership fees;

Free weekly yoga class;

Referral Bonus Program with $300 gift card;

Ongoing guidance from an extended management team with over 25 years of knowledge and experiences, and from fellow educators – some of whom have been with our company since we opened in 1994.


Career progression at Tillys Play and Development Centres

Tillys is committed to supporting educators and helping them to make the most of their potential. Tillys can assist educators to upskill their current qualifications through traineeships. For example, an educator with a Certificate III qualification may earn their Diploma qualification and work their way up to becoming a room leader.

Opportunities for Professional Development

At Tillys Play & Development Centre we believe in supporting staff professional development which offer educators the opportunity to engage in meaningful and essential learning. Our team of Educational Advisors prioritise sourcing valuable professional development courses to assist our educators to further develop their knowlege and skills in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

Testimonials from staff:

“Over the past few days a few Tillys staff have been building our knowledge at the annual Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference. Thank you Tillys for this fantastic opportunity. I know the others and myself are excited to share all our new knowledge when we return to work next week.” – Melissa, Bolwarra.

“Definitely Mel, it was great! and great to spend time with other Tillys educators. So grateful for an awesome opportunity!” – Kate, Singleton.

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you from Tamara and Laren for sending them to the conference. They have both come in this morning early to share some of the amazing things they have seen and learnt from the weekend. The passion these two educators have coming back to work today is incredible and they are so grateful they had the opportunity to go.” – Kate, Waratah 2.



The Holistic Educator: Professional Development Conference

Hosted by Tillys Play and Development Centre

This year we delivered The Holistic Educator conference to educators throughout all of Tillys Play and Development services. Our aim in the organisation of this conference was to provide opportunities for educators in our local area to come together as professionals and to facilitate access to a variety of professional development opportunities. Some sessions included in the day were; Semann and Slattery – Essential skills for room leadership; Kilipiynpiyn Workshops – Aboriginal basketry workships; Farran Street Education – Understanding yourself and others; and Head and Heart Mindfulness workshops.

“I just wanted to email and say a big thank you for the conference on Saturday I thought it was fantastic

I am very grateful for being a part of a company that values their educators.

Thank you for everything you do for us to continue learning and growing as educators!”

– Gillian, Abermain.