About Us

About Our Child’s Play Family

Child’s Play Early Learning Centres are a family run business, run by our family for your family! Our centres are owned and operated by Samantha and Ian Johnson, two parents dedicated to early childhood education. They have worked in the education sector for over 25 years and are dedicated to providing high quality services for all children.

Our priority is to provide children with real-world experiences, new opportunities, challenges and a safe environment for them to grow into confident, caring individuals. When we started our childcare services we wanted to create a place where children could feel loved, nurtured and safe outside of their home. We now run three amazing childcare centres and continue with our aim to provide the highest quality of care to children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

Our Centres

Child’s Play ELC is one of the few childcare operators in Australia awarded an Exceeding Rating by the Department of Education. Sam and Ian are very proud of this recognition and credit their employees for their love, loyalty, dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our families.

Our centres are purpose-built facilities complete with indoor and outdoor play spaces, an open door policy and engaging learning resources. Every centre is designed to fit our philosophy of “Every Child Matters” and we invite you to take a tour of our services to decide if it is the right fit for your family.

We welcome our families’ input at all times and we have an open-door policy when it comes to our services, so our families can visit at any time. We also have a strong sense of community and love to be involved with local organisations as we find this provides our children with new experiences and grows their global awareness.


Located at 642 Tarneit Road and headed by Jenn Benson. Tarneit provides local families with a range of unique experiences we have been rated Exceeding by the Department of Education in all 7 areas, and have a wonderful community and family.

Tarneit West

Located at 4 Hermosa Drive and headed by Caitlin Lemmon, Tarneit West is our newest centre.  At Tarneit West, we provide our families with purpose-built indoor and outdoor facilities and regular incursions with community partners. 


Located on Horseshoe Bend Rd at 1 Pintail Drive, Torquay and headed by Laura Boucher. Our Torquay service is for all families. Our children particularly enjoy heading down to the local surf school and bush kinder which is new for 2021!



Our Approach

Our educators take pride in delivering a variety of learning philosophies to expose and accommodate our children to different ways of learning. We want our children to have individualised learning experiences driven by their passions and interests throughout their early years.

We value every family that is a part of our community, and as early child care educators it is our priority to get to know you, your child, and your family to deliver a holistic educational service. Our approach will not only harness your child’s upbringing but innovatively teach your child that they are strong, capable and resilient individuals.

Every child that walks into our centres brings with them a deep sense of curiosity and capacity to achieve greatness. Within our services, we nurture their potential to drive their success and enjoyment of the world around them.

What our parents have to say

"Highly recommended childcare centre. My little girl absolutely loves to be there and I have hard time taking her home because she doesn't want to leave. Their playground area is big with lots of interesting things to do."

Jocelyn Jara Torquay

What our parents have to say

"Right from the moment you step through the bright open hallways of Child’s Play you feel instantly at home. The rooms are amazingly set up with so much for the children to do and allow their imaginations to run wild. My little miss was unsure about attending, but after her second orientation morning, I couldn’t get her to leave!"

Nat Louise Torquay

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About Child’s Play ELC

Child’s Play Early learning is a family owned business, Ian and Sam Johnson that have over 20 years experience in Education.  The Child’s Play brand has high expectations and the Tarneit service is rated “exceeding”.


1 Pintail Drive
Torquay VIC 3228
Phone: 03 5296 0105

Child’s Play Tarneit

642 Tarneit Road
Tarniet Vic 3029
Tel: 03 9748 2004

Child’s Play Tarneit West

4 Hermosa Drive
Tarneit West Vic 3029
Tel: 03 9242 0145