A LESMURDIE child care centre took out the 2018 Telstra WA small and succeeding business award last week.
The annual awards celebrate the most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses across four categories, emerging and energised, small and succeeding, medium and making waves, and social change maker.
Pachamama Early Education and Childcare director Kristen McPhail accepted the award with co-founder Andrew White.
“We believe Pachamama is a unique example of what contemporary early education and childcare can look like,” Mrs McPhail said.
“When 25 per cent of Australian children are overweight, 15 per cent suffer from a mental disorder and 30 per cent of children’s waking time is spent in front of a screen we believe that nature must be a fundamental part of every child’s life.
“We believe the results from Pachamama’s children have been brilliant and would like to inspire others in our educational space to consider how they can progress their environment and craft their programs and awaken their passion for their young people to connect with nature and enjoy similar benefits.”
Telstra group executive and awards ambassador Vicki Brady said finalists were judged across a range of criteria, including strategy and vision, customers and marketing, operations, people and culture, innovation and technology, social responsibility and financial acumen.
“This is a true testament to the vitality of Western Australian businesses and the regard in which they are held by their communities,” she said.
“It’s an exciting time to be in business, as technology and innovation helps to open up incredible opportunities, new markets and new ways to operate.”
A record 10,000 nominations were received for the awards across the country and nearly double the number of nominations in WA.
“The greatest honour we’ve ever received and will hopefully continue to receive is the simple opportunity to assist the children to learn and how to think critically in the world around them,” Mrs McPhail said.
State winners are invited to Melbourne for national judging on September 19 with a celebration gala dinner on September 20.