Welcome to

Thornton Child Care

and Preschool Centre

Connection. Play. Learning.

Thornton Child Care and Preschool Centre provides high-quality early education and care within our natural, home-like environments.

Joey’s Room
(0-3 Years)

At Thornton Child Care and Preschool Centre we recognise that learning starts from birth. We believe that children need countless opportunities to learn through play and our indoor and outdoor learning environments are thoughtfully created to encourage children to explore and actively engage in learning. Through play, children learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine, and create.

We are mindful of the importance of consistency for children, especially with flexible routines for our 0-2-year-old’s. Our educators work in partnership with families to ensure that each child’s routines are kept as close as possible to what they experience at home. We acknowledge the importance of families as a child’s first teacher and work closely with parents to meet each child’s individual requirements.

We focus on building a relationship of trust and security with each child and family to ensure they develop a sense of belonging within our Thornton “family”.

Kangaroo’s Room
(3-5 years)

At Thornton Child Care and Preschool Centre relationships are at the centre of all we do. Our goal is to have our preschool children head off to school with a strong self-image, positive social skills, and a love of learning. Through our play-based curriculum children are provided with countless opportunities to participate in individual, small group, or large group learning experiences. Through these experiences, children develop early academic skills, communication skills, positive social relationships, self-regulation skills, self-help skills, and motor and coordination skills.

We believe in providing children with opportunities to develop the skills needed to confidently transition to school daily and provide a carefully planned learning environment that is both stimulating and safe where children can explore, discover, and experiment. Children can form friendships with peers and develop skills to work cooperatively with others. They learn to make decisions, listen to, and follow directions, try new things, and build resilience.

We are proud to work in partnership with our local schools transition programs and have close links with the local Transition Support Teacher.

See what parents are saying

Emma Rose

Our son started at Thornton Childcare and Preschool in the “Joeys room” when he had just turned 3. He had never been in care before and I was very hesitant to leave him. The amazing staff at the centre took away any anxieties I was feeling and have continued to display why this centre was such a wonderful choice for us! He has always been welcomed with open arms, extra needs facilitated/accommodated and communication has been exemplary. Staff are kind, welcoming and consistent- continuity in staffing arrangements was always really important to us. I would, and do recommend Thornton Childcare and Preschool to all.

Emma Rose

Beth Stow

"Our little girl started going to Thornton Child Care and Preschool at the start of 2022, and she absolutely loves going. It is the highlight of her week. She has had a great time doing new things and making new friends. The staff are beyond amazing and we really appreciate how caring and kind they all are. We would highly recommend Thornton Child Care and Preschool to anyone with small children." Thank you.

Beth Stow

Liahna McAllister

Thornton Child Care & Preschool is an amazing centre, where my daughter absolutely loves attending. The staff are amazing, so kind, caring & always make us feel welcome everytime you walk in the door. The centre is beautiful, lots of fun activities for the kids as well as a beautiful natural outdoor area with a huge sandpit which is my daughter’s favourite. We love being apart of the Thornton Child Care family & are so glad we choose to send our daughter here.    

Liahna McAllister

Amy Panton

We couldn't ask for a better day care, or 'playschool' as Ziggy calls it, than Thornton Child Care and Preschool. Every single staff member are generous with their time at arrival and pick up each day, they are engaging and genuinely enjoy making the centre stimulating, fun and a place that feels like home for the children in their care. At every pick up Ziggy is happy and relaxed and we get a run down of what he has been up to through the day, down to details like what he's eaten and who he played with. The journals and progress reports are next level detailed and showcase what our children are learning and why certain activities are important for their development. A huge thank you to all the staff!    

Amy Panton

Casey 

When we started at Thornton child care and preschool, we were the envy of many families. Having been to multiple centres in the area none had the positive impact on our family like TCC&P. My husband attended TCC&P over 30years ago, and we were shocked and elated to see our child had the same educator he had all those years ago. (Unheard of in and ever changing and hard hit industry during covid). We don’t feel TCC&P is just a child care/preschool service, we feel they have played an integral role in raising our son with us. Every concern in his development has been heard and every victory/milestone celebrated with us. We can’t thank TCC&P enough for their impact on our family.  

Casey 

Ready to join a learning adventure?

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