Tillys Play and Development Centre Waratah 1 was established in 2007 and has been renovated to create an outstanding long day care service. Waratah 1 is a 55 place early education and care centre  catering for children aged between 0-6 years. It is located a short 15 minutes from Newcastle and is conveniently situated close to public transport hubs and local community services. The centre works closely with our larger Waratah 2 centre and have created a great partnership with them.

The play rooms at Waratah 1 have been purposefully designed to capture the natural light and air flow. Each room encompasses an organically bright space full of stimulating resources and play areas for growth and learning.  Our centre features one 12 place nursery room for children 0-2 years, a 15 place room for children aged 2-3 and a 28 place preschool room for children aged 3-6, as well as expansive outdoor play spaces with natural shade.

Our centre is a Level 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre receiving our accreditation with Stem Detectives in November of 2018. We are committed to having a whole centre approach to STEM learning and acknowledge the many ways children learn.

Our 3-6 room runs a comprehensive preschool program for children which incorporates the Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia Program as well. The centre has an integrated Transition to School Program which has been developed in conjunction with our team of University trained Early Childhood Teachers and the local schools in the area, to assist children to develop the vital skills to ensure the smooth process of transitioning on to primary school.

We acknowledge that the  indoor/outdoor environment  is the third teacher and a vital resource in a child’s daily learning. We pride ourselves on our natural environment which incorporates both natural and man-made structures. Our children love climbing the rock wall, sliding down the slide and steering the wheels as they use their imagination in play on our tree fort. A beautifully green playground that offers a balance between sun and shade encourages exploration and discovery.

Our friendly professional team of teachers and educators strive to build upon connections with children and families. Our families are our community and hold a wealth of knowledge and resources that we welcome at our centre.

At our annual awards ceremony on Saturday 3rd February, celebrating our educators for 2023, Tillys Waratah 1 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:

0-2 Room of The Year Finalist – Butterfly

Pedagogy and Practice Award 2-3 Finalist – Katie Stokes

Trainee of the Year Practical Winner – Tahlia Rae

0-2 Programmer of the Year Finalist – Erica Wilson

Educator of the Year Winner – Tahlia Rae



For more information on Tillys Play and Development Centre Waratah 1 or to enrol, please complete the enquiry form below or complete the enquiry form below or contact:

Ph: 0249602802

E: waratah@tillyschildcare.com.au

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Our Rooms

Butterfly Room

The Butterfly room caters for 12 children aged 0-2 years

Castle Room

The Castle room caters for 15 children aged 2-3 years

Sunflower Room

The Sunflower room caters for 28 children aged 3-6 years

Our Waratah 1 Centre Director

Tillys Childcare Waratah 1

Kristen Bignall

Nominated Supervisor

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies.


Nadine Blow

Educational Leader

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Studying Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)