Stepping Stone Tea Tree Gully Childcare & Early Development Centre
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 6:30pm Monday to Friday
Address: 165 Hancock Road, Tea Tree Gully SA 5091
Phone: 08 8395 4244
Capacity: 100 children
Centre Director: Connie Woods
Assistant Director: Samantha Lane
- Purpose built facilities
- 5 rooms – Birth to School age
- Outdoor play spaces offering different environments, sandpits and shade that allows children to play and explore
- Developmentally age appropriate curriculum incorporating the Early Years Learning Framework
- Security system to access the building
- Sun Smart Centre
- Nutritious meals cooked on site using the Nutrition Australia Guidelines
- Nappies, linen, hats and sunscreen provided
- Experienced, friendly, qualified team of professional educators
- Kindergarten program run by an Early Childhood Teacher
- Reduced holiday rates
- Reduced rate for Armed Forces
Stepping Stone Tea Tree Gully provides enriching and stimulating environments where children can discover, create, improvise and imagine. Our centre has 5 age appropriate rooms which are full of beautiful artwork and photos and large outdoor learning environments with a focus on nature.
Our team of Educators create a welcoming environment where families are encouraged to spend time in our centre and participate in centre activities and celebrations. We use the Early Years Learning Framework to guide our educational program, using it as a foundation to support learning outcomes for children.
Meet the Centre Director
Hello, my name is Connie Woods and I am the Centre Director of Stepping Stone Tea Tree Gully.
I began my early childhood career with Stepping Stone (SA) as a trainee when they opened their first centre in 2007. Diploma qualified I have worked as a team leader for many years and then Educational Leader mentoring a large team in programming and practices.
I believe that children require a nurturing and loving environment that is an extension of the family home, valuing the beliefs and cultures of each unique household. Holding dear the premise that families are children’s first and most influential teachers, I promote genuine partnerships that invite authentic collaboration between Educators and families in all aspects of curriculum and care, empathising that families are trusting us with their most precious loved ones; my husband Jason and I have a son, Eli (2), who also attends care.
Children are unique in that they are vulnerable, whilst simultaneously strong and capable. They need supportive, trusting relationships with consistent Educators who believe in their ability to achieve great things, so they can feel confident and courageous to explore their learning through social engagements and play.
I value the significance of learning through play; learning should be fun, courageous, explorative, adventurous, imaginative, messy, risky and creative, and advocate for quality educational curriculums in the early years, recognising the place of an Educator as a knowledgeable participant in a child’s social learning environment.
Every day I am amazed by my son’s holistic development and find new ways to promote his independence and unique contributions to our home, family and friendship communities, a practice I promote in our centre.
I look forward to getting to know all the Tea Tree Gully families and their precious children and becoming a close, trusted friend in this community.