A PERTH Hills child care centre is the first education provider in history to take out Australia’s top small business award.
Pachamama Early Education and Childcare won the national small and succeeding award at the 2018 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Melbourne last week.
The awards recognise the best in business nationally across six categories: emerging and energised, small and succeeding, medium and making waves, social change maker, people’s choice and alumni achievement.
Pachamama is the second Western Australian small business to win the category.
Centre director Kristen McPhail said the acknowledgement of what the business was doing in Lesmurdie was thrilling..
“We have created an extraordinary environment based in nature, diversity and creativity that gives the children incredible opportunity to have experiences that don’t get elsewhere,” she said.
Although the small business has had offers to franchise, Mrs McPhail said her team’s next goal was to first help other small business.
“Rather than expand and franchise them out we want to concentrate on other people achieving their dreams to create environments that are suitable to their region and to what they have in their area.
“We want to take our knowledge and experience to help other child care centers create something just as special.”
“We’re incredibly proud that we’re only the second small business in WA to win a national award in 26 years and says something about the quality of what we’ve done and it’s great for WA to win this award.”
Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said the national winners represented the best in business from across the country.
“The winners are all shining examples of businesses doing great things,” he said.
“The judges were impressed by Pachamama’s clear vision and business strategy, laser-like focus on its customer and dedication to providing a nurturing environment for its people, contributing to an outstanding workplace culture.”
The centre is currently working on an extension to an adjacent premises to cater for older school aged children and hopes it to be up and running in February in time for the 2019 school year.
By Claire Ottaviano