Welcome to Creative World School at FishHawk!

Creative World is dedicated to the education and development of young children. Families who have visited a FishHawk/ Lithia, FL preschool, childcare, or daycare center will immediately see the difference when they visit our school.

We provide a unique and fun approach to learning, with an age-appropriate curriculum. If you are looking for a quality learning experience, staffed with amazing teachers, look no further. All Creative World Schools are unique and more than just a daycare!

You’ll be amazed when you come to visit our Exploratorium™ and see iSTEAM in action.


Our Community

Creative World School at FishHawk is located just north of the intersection of Osprey Ridge Drive and FishHawk Blvd. Much more than just a daycare, our preschool offers learning opportunities and child care for all ages. 

Our buses provide transportation to and from Stowers Elementary, FishHawk Creek Elementary, and Bevis Elementary schools.

Here at our Creative World School FishHawk location, we greatly appreciate the surrounding Tampa area communities of Fish Hawk, Boyette, Lithia, Durant, Valrico, and Bloomingdale. Stop by and take a tour today! 


You will see iSTEAM in action when you visit our Creative World School Exploratorium™. Our hands-on approach integrates STEAM learning opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and investigate real-world ideas. Investigating real questions through inquiry learning is the foundation of our curriculum. Inquiry is the “i” in iSTEAM and encourages a student’s curiosity as they develop problem solving skills and build a foundation for lifelong learning.

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Manjul and Rupa Shah

Rupa and Manjul Shah come from humble beginnings. They grew up in a small town in India, and came to the United States through the gift of education. After leading fulfilling careers as computer Engineers, they followed their dreams to build their first childcare center when their second daughter was born. When they sought a preschool that provided both a nurturing environment, and a fantastic education, they were hard pressed to find one; they decided to build one themselves. Now, Rupa and Manjul are residents of Lithia, Florida, dedicated to applying innovative methods to providing a fantastic education to every child in their community. Rupa and Manjul are proud parents of two daughters. Their oldest daughter competed in division I college athletics as a distance runner, recently graduated from Harvard University and is hoping to become a primary care physician to help families in need. Their younger daughter is completing middle school this year, an avid soccer player and has a budding interest in math and computer science. Manjul has a MS in computer science from University of South Florida. Rupa us a licensed occupational therapist. Both Manjul and Rupa and years of experience managing and growing teams. Manjul has a passion for the outdoors. Rupa loves to travel and experience new cultures. Rupa and Manjul Shah LOVE to work with children, and have owned and operated four successful preschools in the past twelve years. Rupa and Manjul started as franchisees with Creative World nearly five years ago. They have received tremendous support and love from the administrators, owners, and directors who are a part of the Creative World family. Manjul and Rupa strive to build teams that can deliver outstanding childcare by allocating responsibility, creating effective channels for communication and having a great working relationship. What excites Rupa and Manjul most about their work is breaking down traditional barriers in early education to provide enriching environments tailored to the unique learning style of each student.


Judy Thayer

I studied Elementary Education at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire and moved to Florida 25 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I joined Creative World School at Fishhawk in May of 2006 and have my CDA, as well as my VPK Endorsed Director Credential. I have a wonderful husband, John and we will be married 27 years this September. My daughter Elizabeth is married and has blessed me with my first Granddaughter last December, Claire. My son, Jared, will be starting high school next year. He has his own business, Project Sunshine, helping collect food items for food pantries in our area. Our family is very involved in his project since it helps so many people in our community. I believe communication is the key to so many parts of life. It is so important with our families here at Creative World. We become part of every child’s family. Open communication helps with making sure each child is taken care of since they are all unique, and have unique needs. With regards to leadership, if your employees are not heard and you do not have open communication, then you can never help them become the wonderful teachers they are striving to be. I came to Creative World to sign my son up for VPK; he had a speech problem and I needed some help. Once I took the tour, I spoke to the Owner about a job. I started as the cook and had the benefit of watching my son flourish. So many had placed labels on him, but we found help and support at Creative World School. It is important that we remember that we shouldn't label children as they all grow at their own pace, some slower than others. We should instead appreciate their abilities and the special moments they provide. Creative World is special to me and I'm happy to be a part of the team!

Family buzz

Our kids have gone to Create World FishHawk for over a year now and the staff is fantastic, the facility is clean, safe, and organized, and the learning activities and field trips are top notch. You can tell that Creative World as an institution puts a great deal of emphasis on child development and not on maximizing profit. Creative World FH is one of the best daycares we have sent our kids to, with a list that includes military base, in-home, and other franchise-based schools to include another Creative World. Keep up the great work everybody! - Nick Elias

CW FishHawk

5525 Osprey Ridge Dr.
Lithia, FL 33547
6:30am - 6:30pm, M-F
Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Preschool, VPK, Pre-K, School Age
(813) 684-3777 | Office