About us

Educational and developmental Toys, Games, Art and Craft. 

Growing child is a family owned business based on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Hello, my name is Jamie and I manage the buying and day to day running of the business. My wife, Martine, and I met at school in Mount Eliza and enjoyed many years travelling overseas before settling in Sydney for a while to manage Backpacker hostels. We quickly learnt the art of customer service, flexibility and resilience! We wanted to settle back on the Mornington Peninsula to bring up our two sons, now aged 10 and 12. When I'm not at work I enjoy sailing at Sorrento or Flinders on Couta boats or catching waves at one of the many surf beaches dotted along the coast. My boys have followed their mum's passion for all things furry and we have 2 pets bunnies and 3 friendly chooks at home.

My mum, Sandy, bought Growing Child more than 10 years ago, after working in child care and running her own Family Day Care. She has a natural affinity for education and my passion for access to quality toys and games for our sons inspired me to join the business. Our boys became the number one testers for the products in the shop...it was great FUN!

Kinders and preschools are huge supporters of Growing Child. They definitely need products that are both educational and fun but that can also stand the test of time, given they are handled and played with by dozens of children every day. Preschools and daycares across Australia have been amazingly supportive of our message to offer children a wide range of quality, natural, long lasting products that will inspire young minds. We want all children to explore, create, play and learn.

We are not a traditional toy shop - you won’t find stock here that you would in chainstore retailers. We offer only professional quality products that will inspire your children to learn whilst having fun, and look after the environment where possible too! We stock sensory toys, fidget toys, calming products and additional aids for children with learning challenges such as ADHD, or children on the Autism Spectrum. We also stock an ever increasing range of Steiner inspired products and toys.

Our showroom is open to the public so both educators and parents can access the same incredible array of products at the same prices.   Please feel free to call or come in and have a chat with Sandy or myself for ideas and advice. 

The Growing Child educational toy shop is located at Unit 28 / 1140 Nepean Hwy. Mornington 3931, and is open Monday to Friday from 10 am. to 4.30pm.  There is always plenty of free parking right out front. EFTPOS available with no minimum charge.