Vision, Goals & Philosophy

We pay our respects to the Indigenous community in the Tugulawa area and acknowledge past, present and future custodians of the land. We believe that children are capable and competent learners who deserve to be supported to fulfill their potential as an individual within the learning community. Tugulawa Early Education strives to provide the best possible early childhood education and care by reflecting the uniqueness of each child in our program and engaging with children in challenging and nurturing environments thus maximising outcomes as recommended by the Early Years Learning Framework, the Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and other theorists research.

We believe that professional early childhood Educators are constantly learning and reflecting on their pedagogical practice alongside children and families. We recognise the diverse skills and knowledge of all children and adult stakeholders in the Centre and acknowledge their contributions as valuable.

TEE supports and conforms to the Code of Ethics developed by the sector’s peak body, Early Childhood Australia,  in consultation with its stake holders. In this Code of Ethics the protection and wellbeing of children is paramount, and therefore speaking out or taking action in the presence of unethical practice is an essential professional responsibility.

Our full Centre Philosophy and Statement of Principles is available on site for all families to review.


Leadership and the Team


Inside Tugulawa Early Education Centre

Age range: 6 months to 2 years

No. of children: 8 per day

No. of Educators:  1 Lead Educator, 1 Educator

Supplied:  Nappies and all food including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and milk.

Bring: Milk bottles, formula/expressed milk/lactose free milk, change of clothes, flat & fitted cot sheets, water bottle, hat and sunscreen, nappy cream if needed.

The children in the Koala Room enjoy a range of play and learning experiences from finger painting, clay and gloop, nurturing herbs and flowers, building in the sandpit, dancing, listening to stories and much, much more! Children at this stage generally play alone, but in the group context. They enjoy their own little section of our playground that allows them to safely explore the natural surroundings, while still being able easily see their older more mobile friends and siblings in the upper playground.  They will need plenty of changes of clothes, as an involved and engaged child tends to get more than their hands dirty!

Age Range: 6 months to 2 years

No. of children: 8 children per day

No. of Educators:  1 Lead Educator, 1 Educator

Supplied:  All food (including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) and nappies.

Bring:  Flat and fitted cot sized sheets, spare clothes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

The Platypus group are very mobile and continually exploring different areas. We cater for this stage in their development by providing an extensive range of play scenarios like play dough, climbing frames, planting and dancing to name just a few.  Children at this stage tend to play next to each other, so having sufficient toys for groups to play together is important. Some Platypus children may be responsive to toilet training, but there is no need to get this done at this point.

Age Range: 2 years to 3 years

No. of children: 10 per day

No. of Educators:  1 Lead Educator, 1 Educator Assistant

Supplied:  All food including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Bring:   Flat and fitted cot sized sheets, spare clothes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

Our new playground is shared by all groups except for the Koala group. This makes for great peer modelling and provides opportunities for siblings to play together. The Kookaburras have honed their art and craft skills now, and often enjoy spending extended amounts of time with pens and paper, scissors and glue! At this stage, children generally like to play together giving roles for each participant and clear guidelines about what that role entails. Eg: Dramatic play in the Family Corner. All Kookaburras need to be toilet trained by the end of the year.

Age Range: 2.5 years to 4 years

No. of children: 14 per day

No. of Educators:   1 Lead Educator, 1 Educator Assistant

Supplied:  All food including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, diluted fruit juice and/or milk.

Bring: Flat and fitted cot sized sheets, spare clothes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

This 2.5 to 4 year old stage often shows children playing together towards a common goal. Their play scenarios can be very complex and children at this stage begin to understand the complex roles of the adult world more. The new open playground allows these children to learn from the older children, and role model for the younger children.  Dramatic play, and super heroes are common!

(The Approved Kindergarten Program)

Age Range: 4 years to 5 years

Children must turn 4 by 30th June in their Kindergarten year.

No. of children: 19 per day

No. of Educators:   1 Early Childhood Teacher, 1 Educator Assistant

Supplied: All food including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Bring: Flat and fitted bed sheets, spare clothes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

The Wombats in the Kindergarten program generally have a very firm view of the world! They often begin to notice letters and numbers in their environment more, and we always work to extend this interest. Writing names, and any other words is very empowering for this age group, who often scaffold each other’s learning.

Our outdoor learning environments

After three years in the planning and development stage, our playground was finally opened in January 2013.  Prue Walsh, Australia’s foremost playground designer, author and Early Childhood advocate overhauled our old playground giving it more space, shared play spaces for multi age groups, a herb garden, mature trees, digging patch and much more!  This space allows us to focus on providing diverse learning experiences for all children, regardless of ability.

When designing and planning our learning environment, consideration was given to children’s individual interests, skills and capabilities. The design of the play environment has helped us to promote independence, decision making, interaction, relationship building and testing theories. Engaging in sustained shared conversations by respectfully engaging with children allows Educators to extend and support children’s thinking and learning.

Our play space has been designed to allow children use every inch of the play space to navigate, explore and demonstrate their curiosity within the world around them and to share these thoughts and ideals with their Educators and peers.   The design of the physical space plays a primary role in facilitating the development and maintenance of relationships throughout the Centre.  We believe our indoor and outdoor spaces send a message, that getting to know one another is important, and constructing expectations of how we work, live and play in that setting.

Our play space offers children the opportunity to think about the environment and find ways to embed sustainability in their everyday lives. Educators take the time to talk to the children about this important concept and build upon their knowledge base while cultivating an interest in the world around them.

Children enjoy physical play, both indoors and outdoors. They revel in freedom of movement and in play that is inventive, adventurous and stimulating.

Our commercial kitchen

Sandra, our fully qualified chef, enjoys cooking up a storm in our purpose built kitchen. The children also get to use the space during specific cooking activities as well as being responsible for little chores in their rooms which relate to food and hygiene. Sandra’s commercial kitchen has been awarded the Brisbane City Council’s 4 stars for Food Safety.

Outside Tugulawa Early Education Centre

After three years in the planning and development stages, our old playground under went major construction to make way for our beautiful, natural play spaces designed by Prue Walsh – an early childhood professional whose work specializes in advising on early childhood facilities.

As described in the National Quality Standards, natural play environments are vital to challenging, enjoyable, stimulating outdoor play, and vegetation should be a dominant element of the playground.

To achieve this, well established trees are used in our play space, along with raised garden beds for planting programs and bamboo used as borders and natural walls to create play nooks.



The children are keen helpers when it comes to our edible garden.  We grow many different herbs and some vegetables that the children can nurture from seed to table.  Our chef Sandra enjoys using these fresh ingredients when cooking for or with the children.

The fort provides various levels of play decks that over look the gardens and front play space.  Where possible all natural resources have been used, the fort has been constructed using stunning Australian Cypress timber and a stair case of boulders climbs through our garden.

Our outdoor gallery is a changeable showcase for plants, children’s art, natural displays or sculptures. Through spring it creates a beautiful green wall of colour with flowering blooms.

The amphitheatre is a central meeting space for the children and educators.  We gather here for class meetings, special shows, and group discussions.  It’s also the perfect place to sit for a story, the design provides shade on both sides by a large tree or our raised garden beds.

A water course winds it’s way along the top edge of our playground, pooling in the digging patch.  This area is surrounded by stunning bamboo trees that provide shade and also act as natural walls that make this spot a beautiful shady hideaway.






How to Join the Waiting List

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Tugulawa  continues to prioritse the safety of our children, their families and our staff team.  At this time, we advise that all centre tours are postponed until further notice to minimize unnecessary foot traffic within our service. 

Families are still welcome and encouraged to join our waitlist via our website and we will be in contact once tours recommence. 

Welcome to Tugulawa Early Education. We invite you to join our waitlist and encourage you to get in touch with us to arrange a time for a tour.

Below you will find some information about our enrolment process and learn how to join our waitlist via the website. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you want more information about this process. You can emailed our Co-Director, Lauren directly at

We look forward to welcoming your family to the Tugulawa community.

How to Join our Waitlist

Tugulawa Early Education manages a Waiting List for prospective families who would like to enroll their child at the Centre. We welcome inquiries from prospective families, and encourage you to contact the Centre with any queries that you may have.

There are two options available for prospective families wishing to join our Waitlist.

Option 1: Submit form without a tour

Many of our families wishing to join our Waitlist do so at the recommendation of family or friends, and therefore feel that they do not require a tour prior to joining our Waitlist. For these families we recommend submitting the Waitlist Application Form 

These forms are submitted directly to our Administrator, Linda who will process the Application.

Option 2: Booking a tour (Application Form completed as part of the tour)

Appointments for tours can be arranged Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9:30am – 11:30am.  Appointments are subject to availability, and are by appointment only to ensure that our Co-Directors are available to conduct a tour around the facilities and answer any questions you may have. To make an appointment for a tour, please contact the Centre on: (07) 3399 8971.

After completion of the tour you are invited to complete an Application Form. This will then be processed and the family added to the Waitlist.

Waiting Time for a position

One of the questions that we frequently get asked by prospective families is how long families will be waiting for a position. This is very difficult to say as an offer is subject to availability, your child’s position on the Waitlist with regards to the days requested, child’s age, date of your application and your family’s priority of access. With these reasons in mind, wait times can vary significantly.

Positions beginning from January are certainly the easiest to accommodate as all of our current children move into their next classroom and positions do become available. Mid year positions are trickier as they are generally reliant on families leaving the centre or dropping days.

If you are currently on our Waitlist, and you are waiting on a potential offer, our team will be in contact with you when a position becomes available.

Enrollment at Tugulawa Early Education

All families who are offered a position at Tugulawa Early Education will be required to sign and return an ‘Offer Acceptance Form’ prior to the position being formalised. Once the offer has been accepted and is formalised, families will have a thorough Orientation Meeting booked with one of our Co-Directors prior to commencing at the Centre. A $60 Enrollment Fee is payable on acceptance of a place at Tugulawa.  This fee is not refundable.

Tugulawa Early Education has set a Priority of Access procedure to support a fair and equitable process for positions being offered when there is a number of families who are on the waitlist for a limited number of vacant places. The procedure has been developed based on the Australian Governments recommendations and the guidelines developed by the Tugulawa Management Committee.

Where a vacancy arises at Tugulawa Early Education that needs to be filled from the waiting list, families will be offered a position in the following order:

First Priority: Child/ren who are at risk of serious abuse or neglect.

Second Priority: Working Families: Child/ren of a sole parent who satisfies, or parents who both satisfy, the activity test through paid employment.

Third Priority: Any other child

Within these categories, priority will be given to families who meet the following subcategories (in no particular order):

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Policies and Procedures

Policies below are required and relate to Regulation 168 (1) & (2) of the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011)

Tugulawa Early Education has a comprehensive suite of Policies and Procedures to ensure high quality and consistency throughout the centre. They aim to set out clear practices and work in line with the Tugulawa Philosophy, relevant laws and legislation, and best practice theory and research. These policies are reviewed regularly with the review process being undertaken alongside feedback from our Management Committee, families and community.


Approved Kindergarten Program


Kindergarten is a year full of wonder and awe, a year full of play based learning opportunities that allow time for children to think, create and explore….and learn.  Children enrolled in our Kindergarten program must attend a minimum of 2 days per week.

At Tugulawa, we offer a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program.  An Approved Kindergarten Program is one that is provided for children in the year before Prep (i.e. children who are 4 years old by 30 June in the year they start), is provided for at least 15 hours per week, is play based and is delivered by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.

Our Kindergarten program is delivered over 5 days each week by our full time (7.5 hours per day) Early Childhood Teacher who is supported by fantastic Educators. Our Kindy program is specifically tailored to allow children to access a high quality Kindergarten experience which supports working families with flexibility around days, longer hours and being open throughout school holidays.  The Kindy program here also supplies morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Underpinning the program and dovetailing to the Tugulawa philosophy are the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) on a National level and at a State level we have the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG) which are specifically designed for the year before Prep.  Both of these documents champion the need for play based learning in the years before formal schooling.  “Throughout the Kindergarten Year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions”.  (QKLG p2).

We have a multi-age environment, with shared outdoor spaces for children from 6 months right up to our Kindy aged children.  This also allows for the Kindy children to have time with their siblings and to have relationships with children of all ages, crucial to their social development.  This can also be of great comfort when saying ‘goodbye’ and is very convenient for our families to have just one drop off point and time!  A multi-aged environment supports those less confident by allowing them to mix with younger children without expectation and it allows children of similar abilities and interest’s time together to form relationships, learn and grow, no matter what their age.  The younger children are also greatly advantaged by sharing some time with the older children.  Older children work as peer support for younger children, allowing them time to nurture and care whilst taking the role of ‘teacher’.  Play can be more complex with the addition of older children and with that comes significant language and vocabulary development, amongst many other aspects.  Life for all of us is living in a multifaceted community, it is the way of the world and therefore important for all children to experience being a member of a larger, diverse community.






For your convenience, please find attached these commonly used forms. Please be aware that hard copies of these forms are required to be dropped in to the office for regulatory and administrative purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren or Karen.



This fee structure applies from 1 January 2020.

Our fees include all food and drinks; morning and afternoon teas and lunch, sunscreen, and nappies for children in the Koala and Platypus groups.

Daily Fees

 Tugulawa is able to support families who are attending sessional Kindergarten programs (eg: Gowrie) with days including the opportunty to pick up extra casual days during school holidays. The daily fee for children enrolled under this intake is $132.00

Please find below a link to the Funded Kindergarten Program – Statement of Fees for Long Day Care Services.

Statement of Fees 2020

How to make payments

Our preferred method of payment is via EziDebit. Please contact our administrator Linda Wilson via for more information.

Alternatively you may make a direct deposit to:

Name:      Tugulawa Early Education
BSB:         064 103
Account:   1006 0473

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