grey ward children's centre

A Century of Inner City Childhood Education

GREY WARD CHILDREN’S CENTRE is a long day care and integrated service which caters for families with children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age, located in the Adelaide CBD.

With a history spanning back to 1908, Grey Ward Children’s Centre has been educating and caring for South Australian children for well over a century, as the second Kindergarten ever to be established in Adelaide and still going strong today.

The integrated community children’s centre was originally developed in the image of early childhood educator and educational theorist Lillian de Lissa who began training teachers from humble beginnings in a cottage in Franklin Street in 1907.

The rich history behind Grey Ward Children’s Centre has paved the way for a strong reputation steeped in community values and quality learning.

grey ward children's centre


Today’s Grey Ward Children’s Centre is made up of families working in the Adelaide CBD and the children of the Grey Ward community go on to attend schools all over Adelaide.

With its inner city location, Grey Ward offers an expansive, beautiful and intentional outdoor space which speaks to the Centre’s philosophy of child initiated, inquiry-based play and learning.


The ideas for the educational program come from your child, with Grey Ward Early Childhood Educators closely observing and listening to your child’s interests and needs to determine the direction of their individual learning plan.

The team at Grey Ward Children’s Centre incorporate Music and Movement into the daily routine, with a music teacher mentoring the educators to build their skills and confi dence in planning and implementing fun and engaging
sessions with the children.

The Centre also boasts a strong Numeracy and Literacy focus, incorporated through play experiences and by providing provocations to stimulate curiosity, thoughts, ideas and actions.


Grey Ward Children’s Centre provides long day care across four rooms; babies, nursery, junior kindy and kindy and also boasts an integrated Department for Education Preschool Program with dedicated Early Childhood teachers.

The team at Grey Ward Children’s Centre highly values the input and inclusion of the family community and actively work towards maintaining small group sizes to enhance children’s well-being and ability to form successful relationships.

Grey Ward Children’s Centre, 253 Wright Street, Adelaide
(08) 8231 9195

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