Tui’s Corner

Lesley Cox

There has been an early childhood education centre in Moreton Drive, Manly, since the early 1990s, making it one of the oldest on the Coast.

With an established garden, and native bush and beach nearby, it has seen hundreds of young children come through its doors.

Recently the facility had a makeover and and Tui’s Corner came into being.

The licensee is Lesley Cox. She and her husband have owned the property for nine years, and when the previous tenant moved on to larger premises, they applied for the licence to run the centre themselves.

“We saw the need was there,” Lesley says.

Previously a registered nurse, Lesley’s career included managing healthcare teams. She is aware of the importance of being well resourced both through the workforce and the facility itself.

Tui’s Corner is licensed for 40 children, aged 0-6-years. It’s small size, good teacher ratios and focus on quality care and education are its strengths, along with its team.

A total of 12 staff, including two head teachers, look after the children in two groups – Kereru for the preschoolers, and Riroriro for the nursery.

Lesley has a love of the outdoors and has brought this focus to Tui’s Corner. 

“We are nature-inspired,” she says. “There are good-sized outdoor areas for play and learning, and occasional beach excursions, which the children love.”

Nearby bush brings in the birds and the centre is part of the Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste and Pest Free Hibiscus initiatives.

Recently, a child joined Tui’s Corner whose mother also attended when she was little.

“It’s lovely to be part of a landmark that has been a happy memory for so many,” Lesley says.