The KindiCare Excellence Awards celebrate the top performing early childhood education and care centres right across Australia.
2022 Award Winners
Hutchins Early Learning Centre
KindiCare●August 29th, 2022
Located in Hobart, Hutchins Early Learning Centre is this year’s state winner in Tasmania, achieving a KindiCare Rating of 9.5.
This single-sex early learning centre is attached to a larger school, which means that boys can start at Hutchins ELC when they are three, then continue on through The Hutchins School, leaving when they’re 18. Along the way, every child is supported to learn well, pursue their interests, and be part of the beautiful Hutchins community. Naomi Pritchard-Tiller, Director of Kindergarten and Children’s Services says, “We have some very highly experienced staff who really go above and beyond. We put in place a really excellent program, follow up with families one-on-one, and always make sure that we’re supportive of each child and their individual needs.” At Hutchins ELC, Naomi says, “Every child is free to be who they want to be. There is no stereotyping of what a boy is. We teach the children that we are all human, and there are so many different ways to be, to learn, and to express your ideas as a person.” Whether a child prefers to dance, draw or play sport, he’s supported by his peers and educators, and kindness is a value that Hutchins ELC holds dear. Naomi says, “It’s something we model and encourage in all that we do as students, staff and the wider Hutchins School community.” After all, the Hutchins children’s service is not just for Hutchins children. Naomi says, “We have a wonderful sense of community outside of the service, and our early learning centre provides Out of School Hours Care for the wider community, with lots of girls and boys coming in from other schools for our Vacation Care program.” This program supports children to make friends – and memories. Children are given opportunities to relax and explore, and Naomi says, “Our Hobart location means that it only takes an hour by bus to get to a national park with gorgeous waterfalls or a beach with opportunities for crab-hunting.” “The creates really special experiences for ages 3 and up, and Hutchins’ really amazing holiday program is definitely part of our success.” All in all, Hutchins ELC leads for way for high-quality education and care. This top-rated centre gives children the freedom to explore their interests while being part of a wonderful community, and Hobart is lucky to have a centre with such heart.