‘Play provides the most natural and meaningful process by which children can construct knowledge and understandings, practice skills, immerse themselves naturally in a broad range of literacy and numeracy and engage in productive, intrinsically motivating learning environments’ (p.21, Walker, 2007). This is the corner stone of Tillys Play and Develop Centre here at Greta. It is our belief that when children have a natural desire to engage in play they are more motivated to learn and develop positive dispositions towards learning. Our job and responsibility as educators is to create and facilitate an environment that encourages, supports and nurtures the children’s desires through safe and caring relationships that we strive to build with both the children and their families attending our centre.
Every parent wants to know that their child feels safe and supported when leaving them in the care of others and it is through that understanding and empathy that our staff strive to build those strong connections with our community to ensure that each family feels accepted and comfortable with making the choice to allow us to care for, nurture and inspire the most precious people in their lives.
Our centre’s aim to provide your child with everything they need to be comfortable all day, which in turn make their transition from home to day-care much easier. The children are provided with a nutritionally balanced menu prepared fresh at the Centre each day by a qualified cook.
Tillys Play & Development Centre Greta is a purpose built early education and OOSH care service which was established in 2010. Our centre caters for 102 children aged between 0-12 years for 51 weeks of the year from 6.30am – 6.30pm.
Inside the centre; high set ceilings, sky lights and large windows capture the natural light throughout. Our rooms include two nurseries for children aged 0-2 years, one toddler room for children aged 2-3 years, one large combined preschool room for children aged 3-6 years, and one Out of School Hours/Vacation Care room for children attending primary school aged 5-12 years. Our two nurseries open up into a generous natural outdoor area, with expansive gardens and grassed areas. The 0-2 yard also includes a sandpit, swing, bike track, slides and climbing walls, large shade umbrellas and a long covered veranda. Our 3-6 outdoor yard embodies large trees for shade and comprises of an outstanding sized sandpit, bike track, climbing forts and slides, swings and a mud pit. Our OOSH yard has a towering climbing web, basketball and handball courts, and a sandpit. Along with all of the permanent provisions available to the children, the centre’s program facilitates spontaneous learning and play, encouraging children to choose their own experiences for the day depending on their individual interests and goals.
We have a close community partnership with the local primary schools, which assists us in delivering the strongest possible Transition to School Program for our preschool children.
At our awards night for 2020, Tillys Greta 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:
OOSH Room of the Year Finalist – Greta
Pedagogy and Practice Award 0-2 Finalist – Jasmine Graham
Pedagogy and Practice Award 2-3 Winner – Emma Huggett
Pedagogy and Practice Award 3-6 Finalist – Ashlee Nelson
Pedagogy and Practice Award OOSH Winner – Arlene Douglas
Outstanding Outdoor Environment Finalist – Greta
Programmer of the Year Finalist – Bridget Whalan
10 Years of Service – Tommique Beckingham
10 Years of Service – Fiona Jacobs
Educator of the Year Winner – Ashlee Nelson
Commitment to Critically Reflective Practice Award Finalist – Sally Howlett
For more information on Tillys Play and Development Centre Greta or to enrol, please contact:
Ph: 49 387 211
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