G8 Education CEO announces new Education Strategy at ECA National Conference

G8 Education’s CEO Gary Carroll has announced the national provider will soon be launching the next phase of its Education Strategy during an introductory speech at the ECA National Conference last week.

Due for implementation in 2023 the strategy will include a strong focus on children’s learning, development, health and wellbeing.

“At G8 we are collaborating with team, children and families to provide educational programs which support children to explore their worlds with curiosity, creativity, confidence and kindness,” said Mr Carroll while introducing international guest speaker Dr Laura Jana’s keynote address at the ECA Conference.

G8 Education CEO Gary Carroll

“I am excited to share that we will soon be launching the next phase of our Education Strategy which continues our focus on nurturing children’s independent and curious minds, and championing health and wellbeing in an ever-changing 21st century world.”

The Education Strategy will be the first since Ali Evans was appointed to G8 Education’s executive team as Head of Learning and Education in February this year.

“It has been a pleasure leading our Education team over the past nine months, and I am very much looking forward to sharing the next evolution of our Education Strategy,” said Ms Evans.

“We are committed to providing high-quality teaching and learning to ensure we are delivering the best possible outcomes for our children and families.

“Our Education Strategy will build upon the great work that has already been implemented and show how playful innovation can enhance children’s learning outcomes.”

G8 Education was the gold sponsor for this year’s ECA Conference.

“G8 Education is pleased to be able to support such an important event for our sector as we embrace and connect with the conference theme, Passion to Power our future profession, and position our sector as thought leaders and early childhood advocates,” Mr Carroll said.

“At a time when our sector is facing unprecedented workforce shortages it has never been more important to bring people together to inspire, learn and align in our response to these challenges.”

Daniel Morcombe Foundation congratulates G8 Education on Child Safety Award

Bruce and Denise Morcombe have visited one of G8 Education’s early learning centres on the Sunshine Coast just days after the provider was awarded Queensland Child Protection Week – Child Safe Organisation for 2022.

The visit to Community Kids Yandina 1 coincided with Child Protection Week, and saw the Morcombe Foundation’s Educational Resource Manager, Bianca Davis, address families on the importance of ‘talking early’ about personal safety with children.

“Parents and carers need to be able to have brave conversations with their children” said Denise Morcombe OAM.

“They need to talk to them about their body parts, teach their kids the proper names for their body parts, talk to them about how they feel, teach them to recognize unsafe situations, talk to them about how to react, teach them to say no, run, scream tell someone, teach them that they have the right to be safe.

“By normalizing topics often considered embarrassing builds confidence and provides a resilience to lock predators out, reducing their risk of harm.”

An educator and child at a child care centre

Community Kids is part of the G8 Education network, one of Australia’s largest early learning providers dedicated to its purpose of creating the foundations for learning for life.

Community Kids Yandina 1 Centre Manager Simone Binnerts said child safety is their highest priority at the centre.

“We prioritise creating secure, child-friendly and engaging environments where our children are respected and valued,” she said.

“Our centre, like every G8 Education centre, has a Child Protection Champion who works to embed best practice, and encourage our teams to participate in on-going training.

“Child safety is of course critical to the wellbeing of each child and we also know that children must feel safe and secure so they can flourish and learn.

“The Foundation’s presentation was incredibly informative, and I am sure many of our families, educators and teachers will take away some valuable strategies and resources.”

Bruce and Denise said they were honoured to join the centre’s event, recognising the educators, teachers and support team for the work they are doing to keep children safe.

“Congratulations on being awarded Child Safe Organisation for 2022, it is very well deserved. We know you would have worked hard to obtain this award,” said Bruce Morcombe OAM.

G8 Education’s Child Protection Manager, Sophie Wilkie said she was honoured to receive the award on behalf of the organisation, but noted the work doesn’t stop here.

“Our purpose is to create the foundations for learning for life and that extends to the classroom and daily life,” she said.

“We will continue to create safe and secure spaces every day that allow our children to have their voices heard”.

To learn more about the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, or their ‘Talk Early’ initiative visit the website.

If you’d like to find out more about Community Kids Yandina 1, visit the website, book a tour or call 1800 411 604.

G8 Education Early Learning Centres raise more than $180,000 for children with brain cancer

September is childhood cancer awareness month and G8 Education is partnering with the Children’s Hospital Foundation, to raise awareness for children’s brain cancer.

Brain cancer claims the life of one Australian child every nine days – more than any other disease.

One of Australia’s largest early childhood education and care providers, G8 Education, has rallied its 440 centres, 10,000 strong team and 50,000 families across Australia to help change that statistic and join the fight against children’s brain cancer.  

G8 Education joined forces with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to participate in a virtual marathon fundraising challenge, 42k Your Way. The national network mobilized, and set a goal to raise $150,000 for the Children’s Brain Cancer Centre – Australia’s only dedicated paediatric brain cancer research centre. Close to 250 centres across the network participated in the challenge, collectively walking, running, rolling, skipping and dancing their way to a total of 56,832kms this August.

The result? $181,252 raised for the Children’s Brain Cancer Centre, inclusive of a generous $20,000 corporate donation from G8 Education. This equates to just over 50% of the overall 42k Your Way fundraising revenue, doubling the impact of the campaign.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO, Lyndsey Rice said: “The Children’s Brain Cancer Centre unites the best of the best in paediatric brain research to bring new hope to children diagnosed with brain cancer. Despite advances in other types of childhood cancer, survival rates for brain cancer have made little progress over the past 30 years. The Children’s Brain Cancer Centre aims to change that. We are so grateful to G8 Education staff and families for their incredible support of 42k Your Way and their commitment to improving survival and survivorship for children with brain cancer.”

Cheque handover for 42k your way

Today, Parkinson World of Learning hosted a breakfast BBQ and welcomed G8 Education’s campaign Ambassador Isaac to join the celebrations.

Isaac was just four months old when his parents noticed he had shaky eyes. At his four-month check-up, doctors raised their concern about his eyes and the rapid growth of his head.

After many tests and scans, Isaac was diagnosed with brain cancer, he had a large tumour at the centre of his brain which was causing hydrocephalus which causes swelling in the brain. Isaac’s tumour is inoperable, but with treatment, including chemotherapy to shrink the tumour he is currently stable. However, unfortunately this could change at any time.

His proud mum Luarna says her son, who turned six this year, “hardly ever cried” through more than a year of chemotherapy, which shrunk his tumour by half. “He’s a beautiful boy. He made the hard times a lot easier to get through.”

Although the tumour – a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma – has stopped growing, Luarna says Isaac’s future is uncertain.

Funds raised by G8 Education centres will give hope to families like Isaac’s for a future without brain cancer.

G8 Education, CEO, Gary Carroll said: “Our purpose is creating the foundations for learning for life and health is a vital part of this. We know many team members across our centres – and many Australians in general – have connections to this cause. It has been incredible to witness the commitment of our team during this initiative, and I am extremely proud we have exceeded our target and have raised $181,252 for the Children’s Brain Cancer Centre to help fund vital research.”

Jodie Elliott, Centre Manager at G8 Education’s Nurture One Kilmore, lost her four-day old daughter Hollee to brain cancer in 2018.

“I lost my beautiful daughter Hollee at just 4 days old from brain cancer”.

Hollee was born with an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour on her brain stem which doctors deemed inoperable.

“She was born and she was the most perfect little girl,” said Jodie.

“Looking at her you wouldn’t know there was this tumour growing inside her.”

Jodie, her husband and their son Harry made the most of the four days they had with Hollee.

“Hollee slept on my chest every night of her life, and it’s there she also went to sleep for the final time. I had dosed off, my husband woke me up and said she had gone. It was horrible.”

After her passing a biopsy of Hollee’s tumour was sent to the United States for further testing and to be used in research to help find a cure.

“Research is vital in improving survival rates in the future which is why I am so proud that G8 Education has gotten behind the 42k Your Way initiative,” said Jodie.

“The Children’s Brain Cancer Centre is helping support Australian children and Australian families.”

“You never think it will happen to you, until it’s happening to you. And it’s when you’re thrust into that situation that it’s comforting to know Australia is home to the best research and researchers in the field.”

How G8 Education is celebrating Early Childhood Educators’ Day

Thirty-six Educators across the country will be recognised for their excellence in G8 Education’s annual Standout Educator Awards as part of the provider’s Early Childhood Educators’ Day celebrations.

Families and colleagues nominated Educators for their work across six categories – Community Engagement, Family Engagement, Safety, Sustainability, Mentoring and Outstanding Practice.

“Our team of Educators and Teachers are our greatest asset, and it will be wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate them and their incredible contribution to our communities as part of Early Childhood Educators Day,” said Gary Carroll, G8 Education CEO.

“I look forward to congratulating our 36 winners and thanking all our Educators and Teachers for their ongoing dedication and passion in delivering the very best outcomes for children and delivering our purpose, creating the foundations for learning for life.”

More than 6,500 nominations were received across the six categories, with comments from colleagues and families including praise for Educators championing children as capable learners, their exceptional support, passion, inspiration and their development of quality connections.

“My team and I had the pleasure of reviewing the shortlist of nominations and it was wonderful to read about the impact our educators and teachers are having on children, families and colleagues,” said G8 Education’s Head of Early Learning and Education, Ali Evans.

“We talk about this profession as having a profound societal impact, in how education shapes life-long learning. This is well and truly captured reading the personal stories of these nominations.

“A career in early childhood is truly something worth celebrating. It is a chance to make a positive impact in a child’s life, and your own.”

G8 Education hopes all Educators and Teachers across the country enjoy a very happy Early Childhood Educators’ Day!

G8 Education opens five centres in Western Australia in 12 months

G8 Education has listened to Western Australian families’ cries for more early learning services, opening five new centres in 12 months.

G8 Education is preparing to open two new Great Beginnings centres in Baldivis and Canning Vale which will provide 219 places for children.

This is in addition to the 298 places G8 Education has added to the greater Perth area in the past 12 months, having opened new centres in Southern River, Golden Bay and Victoria Park.

“We’ve heard the calls from families and are looking forward to being able to provide greater access to quality early learning and care for Western Australian families,” said G8 Education Chief Executive Officer Gary Carroll.

“These centres will be our fourth and fifth centres we’ve opened in Western Australia in the past 12 months, with more in the pipeline for the next two to three years.”

It is forecast the demand for Long Day Care services in Canning Vale will increase by up to 20 per cent from 2020 to 2025*.

In Baldivis, the need is even greater, with population projections estimating the number of children attending Long Day Care services will increase by 8 to 12 per cent per annum until 2025.

Western Australia Regional Manager, Leigh Harding, said she is proud to meet the needs of working families and by providing quality care.

“I am proud that our centres provide working families with quality education and care that allows them to go to work with the peace of mind that their child is learning in a safe and nurturing environment,” she said.

Great Beginnings Baldivis Centre Manager Amy Beveridge agreed, noting that the centre will be focused on providing a flexible program and schedule to ensure a seamless transition between home and centre for both child and family.

“It’s important to adapt our way of working to the schedules being followed at home, so we become an extension of that rather than complicating things for our families,” she said.

“My team will also be led by the interests of the children in the development of our program and encourage maximum engagement and independence from the children.”

Kelly Van Meekeren, Great Beginnings Canning Vale Centre Manager, said creating an inclusive environment is critical in setting up children for success in their learning and development.

“We know that children need to feel accepted and settled in order to be open and ready to learn,” she said.

“We will be focusing on creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, accepted and supported.”

Great Beginnings Baldivis and Canning Vale offer education and care for children six weeks to six years, from 6.30am to 6.30pm, five days a week.

The centres are also hiring, with Ms Harding encouraging local educators, or anyone considering a career change, to contact the team to find out more about the open opportunities.

“Our Study Pathways Program supports people at any stage of life to start their career in early learning,” she said.

“We recognise that our people are our greatest asset, which is why we are committed to investing in our people and rewarding our team by providing access to supported professional development, discounted child care and retail and wellbeing offers.”

If you’d like to learn more about Great Beginnings Baldivis and Canning Vale visit the website to join the waitlist or call 1800 517 086.