Meet our caring and experienced early learning childcare team

We care for your kids as if they were our own

We started our early learning childcare centre for one reason – we love kids! Children are our passion, and as a family owned business, we view the kids in our care as an extension of our own family.

We know that the bond formed between a child and their carer is an important one, and can make or break the day for your child. That’s why we don’t employ casual staff.

All the staff at our centre are permanent, so your child will always have consistency, routine and a familiar face to greet them each day.

We meet the legal requirements for child to educator ratios and ensure that the staff on our team are properly qualified and experienced. All our educators hold a First Aid

Certificate, have passed working with children checks, and continually stay up to date with childcare skills and knowledge.

We encourage our staff to attend further professional training and development, and to continually evaluate how our curriculum meets the education needs of the children.

Central Gardens Childcare Early Education Centre is owned and operated by sisters Sonya Camilleri and Johanna Peers. Together with their team of dedicated child care staff, they ensure that the children at the centre have a fun, educational and enjoyable day, every time they attend. We guarantee your child will have a happy, safe and secure relationship with our staff and that their experience at the centre will be a positive and fulfilling one.

We started our early learning childcare centre for one reason – we love kids! Children are our passion, and as a family owned business, we view the kids in our care as an extension of our own family.

We know that the bond formed between a child and their carer is an important one, and can make or break the day for your child. That’s why we don’t employ casual staff.

All the staff at our centre are permanent, so your child will always have consistency, routine and a familiar face to greet them each day.

We meet the legal requirements for child to educator ratios and ensure that the staff on our team are properly qualified and experienced. All our educators hold a First Aid 

Certificate, have passed working with children checks, and continually stay up to date with childcare skills and knowledge.

We encourage our staff to attend further professional training and development, and to continually evaluate how our curriculum meets the education needs of the children.

Central Gardens Childcare Early Education Centre is owned and operated by sisters Sonya Camilleri and Johanna Peers. Together with their team of dedicated child care staff, they ensure that the children at the centre have a fun, educational and enjoyable day, every time they attend. We guarantee your child will have a happy, safe and secure relationship with our staff and that their experience at the centre will be a positive and fulfilling one.

Sonya Camilleri

Sonya is the joint Owner and Director of Central Gardens Childcare Early Education Centre, and is a Nominated Supervisor, qualified Educational Leader and qualified Early Childhood Teacher with 34 years of experience.

Other than caring for children, Sonya’s interests include creative arts, music, learning about other cultures, spending time with family, gardening, animals, exploring and watching movies.

The children at the centre love it when Sonya teaches them new songs and dances, and when she teaches them about caring for the animals at the centre.

Johanna Peers

Johanna Peers is the joint Owner and Director of Central Gardens Childcare Early Education Centre, and is a qualified and certified Supervisor with a Diploma in Children’s Services.

With over three decades of experience, Johanna loves her work, and in her spare time, enjoys bush walking, spending time with her family, cooking, going to the beach, going on holidays and experiencing outdoor adventures.

The children at the centre think Johanna is great at giving cuddles, and they love having conversations with her and telling her all about their home life.

Kimberley O'Connor

Kimberly is a permanent staff member at the centre and holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. Since she was a child herself, Kimberly had a passion for looking after children, and has worked in childcare for 4 years.

When she’s not working, Kimberly loves softball, reading, camping, long drives, traveling and scrapbooking.

Kimberly is loved by the children because she always makes time to play with them and lets them go crazy with messy play.

Maxine Nash

Maxine is a current Trainee at the centre and is working to complete her Certificate III in Children’s Services. She has a natural affinity for children and is a calming influence on the kids in her care.

Maxine also loves make up, cooking, going to the beach, keeping fit at the gym, shopping and traveling.

The children at the centre love Maxine for her cuddles and conversations with them, where they delight in telling her all about their day.

Dylan Payne

Dylan is a current Trainee at the centre and is studying his Certificate III in Children’s Services. In a female dominated workforce, Dylan is proving to be an excellent male role model for the children.

Dylan loves to play soccer, snooker, enjoys socializing with friends, going to the beach, swimming, adventures, meeting new people, food and movies.

The children love him for his amazing sandcastle building skills, because he makes them laugh and because he plays games with them.

"Central gardens has been amazing for our little girl, we have loved sending her here and loved watching her grow each year. The team at central gardens just know exactly what to do and always go above and beyond for our family. Our little girl adores the owners and the team at central gardens and loves going. It’s such a family vibe, loving and nurturing every step of the way"

Carmen Steane

"Both of my daughters, aged 6 and 9 have and continue to attend Central Gardens since the age of 12 months. Over the years, we have been extremely happy with the education and care our children have received. The after school program, along with the vacation care program has been a welcomed addition for us as working parents. Dave and I highly recommend Central Gardens Child Care."

Jasmine Pimm

"Since enrolling our daughter in Central Gardens last year, we have had nothing but a positive experience in our dealings with the centre. The staff are caring, thoughtful and attentive to the children’s needs, whilst going above and beyond professionally in regards to their communication, education and admin. I would recommend Central Gardens to anyone who is wanting to give their children a top level of education and school readiness, whilst in a wonderful nurturing environment."

Lizzy Mc Pherson

"My two children (11) and (6) have been in the care of the Central Gardens staff for 2 years. The staff are now part of our family. As a working Mum it’s comforting to know my children are being cared for by people who care like family do. I highly recommend this Centre. The after school care, before school care and vacation care are lots of fun and they do homework tasks which helps us as well!"

Karina

"Our family has been a part of the Central Gardens family for the past 6 years. They have provided great care for our daughter who started preschool at 9 months old all the way into before and after school care. Our daughter loves the arts and crafts activities, the animals, the garden and the play equipment. The holiday programs are a big hit as well with so many day trips available to keep any child happy. Sonya and Johanna have been amazing and our daughter absolutely loves seeing them”

Catherin

"Our daughter attended Central Gardens Childcare from six months of age right up to when she started kindergarten this year. Sonya was very easy to deal with and was always happy to help us when we needed some advice. We took comfort in knowing our daughter was in good hands throughout the day and more importantly was happy there."

Anna

"It’s a big decision and a very important one when it comes to deciding on a childcare centre for your little person. So when Central Gardens was recommended to me by a number of close friends and work colleagues and I’d spent sometime with the centres owners I’d felt I’d found the right place for my child. My little boy joined the Central Gardens family when he was 9 months old, he’s now 2 and we both love the friendly, safe, caring, nurturing and supportive environment provided by Johanna, Sonya and their wonderful team."

Lisa

"Our boys have been attending Central Gardens for 4 years now, including vacation care now that they've started school. We couldn't rate the centre more highly- they have been attentive to our children's needs and they have become an invaluable support for our family. The early opening time(6am) and school drop-off service is extremely helpful for our commute to Sydney."

Amy & Lance

Our Rooms

Our child care centre takes newborn babies from 6 weeks of age through to 5 year old children. With three age appropriate rooms, we can ensure your child receives the best care. For 5-12 year olds, we offer before and after school care as well as vacation care.

Find out more about our rooms and age groups.

Prices

We are one of the most affordable early education child care centres on the Central Coast, with day care places starting from just $86 a day. As a family owned business, our philosophy is that great child care doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Find out more about our prices for all age groups and care types.

See the rooms in our early learning childcare centre