Toowoomba Central

our business

Toowoomba Central Childcare is a locally-owned small business. Business partners Mark Sperling and Dave Irwin built the business from scratch to meet growing demand for Childcare in Toowoomba in 2009. We have been active members of Childcare Queensland since its inception in 2003 and provide training and employment for 15 dedicated staff at our Toowoomba centre. We spend locally wherever possible to keep dollars in our community and our sole focus is to maintain an exceptional standard of care for our families by investing in the best people in the industry, and letting them shine.

Toowoomba is a great place to live, work and raise a family, and the next few years will be an exciting time for our positive and vibrant community. 

Centre Director Larissa Thomson has been part of the team at Toowoomba Central since we commenced operations in September 2009. She became director two years later (before turning 21) and has since become one the most capable and respected directors in the Toowoomba region. During 2013 Larissa and her team achieved an outstanding result under the new National Quality Assessment which is testament to her leadership and the dedication of our staff.

Having grown up on a farm on the Western Downs Larissa brings that rural ‘can-do’ attitude to the Centre, where she works with our experienced educators to provide a fun, friendly environment where children can reach their potential and discover a world of amazing new skills.

Her talents have become a valuable asset to the staff, children and parents at the centre who welcome her friendly and approachable personality.

Larissa has completed her Cert III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and is completing her Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood studies. Parents of the centre know that Larissa’s ‘open-door’ policy means she is always available to discuss any aspect of their child’s care.

"Working within the early childhood education sector is extremely rewarding and I feel very fortunate to be involved in the learning and development of our future generation."

our director

About us


Toowoomba Central Childcare & Preschool provides children with many opportunities to enhance and develop their skills through play.

Our childcare centre provides children with many opportunities to grow and learn using a child directed program which caters for each child's interests and needs.​

Our dedicated staff will ensure your child is cared for and educated in such a way as to ensure they feel respected and valued so they can gain the confidence required to try new things and challenge themselves.