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About Us

Hello! I'm Melissa the owner and creator behind all things at Works at Play, a Brisbane based, family store, established in 2014 offering unique handmade play furniture, toys and learning resources for the early years.  I’m very passionate about AUTHENTIC learning, a huge advocate for PLAY…simply, quality play.  I also have a great appreciation for MINIMALISM and the beauty of the NATURAL world.    
 
Our goals –
  1. To make sure the little people in your lives have amazing opportunities to explore and learn with quality toys and play furniture.  
  2. To take away the overwhelm for parents and educators navigating the world of minimalist, open ended, wooden toys, eco, sustainable, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio, Nature, Walker Learning…. See I told you it’s overwhelming! 
  3. Share with you my knowledge and support you on YOUR journey of authentic learning through play.

I absolutely love LOVE creating play furniture and resources that are multipurpose and can really transform the way you look at play and learning. 
Inspiration for our products is sought from, my own personal experiences of teaching and parenting along with a mix of teaching practices and philosophies.
All products in our handmade range are made here in Brisbane using Australian materials and finishes. 
Being a parent is often overwhelming, there is so much out there, all the terms are confusing and it’s easy to get swept up in the latest and greatest, especially with social media influences.  This also becomes and expensive exercise and before you know it your house could be full of toys that have been outgrown, aren’t getting the love you had hoped, and you don’t know what to do or where to put them!  I’ve put my experience and knowledge of early learning and development to use, so whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, I am here to help! 
Most of our products are open ended or multi-purpose.  Open ended toys simply mean that they can be used in a variety of ways depending on the child, their age, the day, the environment, their imagination, interests and your learning styles or philosophies.   We want to support you to make the investment in toys/furniture that are quality, open ended, flexible, minimalist and grow with your child, and you could save space, money and headaches but most of all have the best time PLAYING.
 
More about me:
I haven’t always been a city girl!  My childhood was spent surrounded by cane farms, and lots of visits to family cattle and sheep properties.  I played in the creek, made mud pies and got dirty.  I went fishing & crabbing.  I learnt to cook, sew, craft and DIY.  I went to small schools, life was simple, family oriented, always with an underlying ethos of hardwork.
As a qualified Primary & Early Childhood Teacher, I quickly found my passion for the early years, particularly in the pre-schooling years.  The majority of my 15years+ teaching was in sessional kindergartens across Brisbane as Teacher/Director and Inclusion Support.  I was also involved in establishing and running a local Nature Play Program.  I have 4 young children who inspire and challenge me as a parent every day.  We are a neurodiverse family juggling little (and big) people with Aspergers, ADHD, and anxiety; so this opportunity to build my own business to have the flexibility to be on hand to support my family is extremely important.