The Top End Early Learning Centre Tiwi was originally known as the Wanguri Family Care Centre, which was based at the Tracey Village Sports Club. Due to high maintenance costs and the unsuitability of the old building it was decided to build a new Centre in 1999 on the Royal Darwin Hospital Grounds. The permit to occupy was given by the NT Government on 16th May 2002. The Incorporated name was changed to Top End Early Learning Centre Inc on 4th December 1980.
The new Centre was of a modern design with free airflow throughout the building and timber louvres, designed to accommodate the tropical conditions without the need for air conditioning. The design won awards for Public Building and Environmental Construction for the Architects in 2000, these are on display in the Centre. In 2010 it was decided to install air conditioners in the rooms to reduce the temperature this made it more comfortable for the staff and children however they are only used during the build-up and whilst the children are resting. In 2017 we received the NT Government Immediate Works Grants to completely repaint the Centre inside and out and refurbish our bathrooms and bench tops.
As a non-profit Community Based Centre the Centre is governed by a parent committee and Managed by a Director.
Our purpose-built centre for long day care has five main rooms that are organised according to the ages and developmental stages of our children. Each room is managed by experienced, trained and qualified Educators. Our indoor environment is maintained to high standards and is well-resourced with age-appropriate educational natural toys. Our outdoor area is steeped in nature and provides an opportunity for children to relax, investigate and enjoy. We acknowledge that children need to learn about nature in a natural shady carefree environment and are dedicated to providing something different! We are proud of being unique with our large tree lined grounds, vegetable gardens and crocodile creek. We believe it sparks creative thought, sustainable appreciation and engenders wonder in children's everyday life.