Hi my name is Bernice and together with my husband Ian we have created an oasis in the middle of suburbia. I have 2 children Connor and Harrison who are also part of our business. While Connor has 6 years’ experience as an educator and now works in the administration area, while Harrison helps with the gardening, chickens and other jobs needing to be done.
We acquired Conon Road Kindergarten in 2017 from my dear friend Michelle. The centre previously was located on Conon Road in Applecross and later moved to Manning. Our centre structure was created after seeing a lack of flexibility that catered for individual family needs. As most centres offer full day care, all year round, this becomes expensive for families only needing half days or shorter sessions or school terms only. We have numerous flexible sessions on offer. This has become even more apparent as parents are juggling working at home and family life during Covid-19.
Another difference in our uniquely run service is we cater for multi ages groups. So, parents have the confidence of knowing their children are together and not segregated into a separate room. Research supports higher levels of learning when engaged with older children.
We also pick up and drop off to St. Pius Catholic and Manning Primary Schools.
From personal experience, I understand how busy parents are, so by providing a drop off and pick up service for both your younger children and school children helps to alleviate stress in the morning and afternoons. All the little one’s love seeing and playing with their siblings at the centre. This extends into our holiday care, where we have from 2 to 12 years in one setting.
At Conon Road Kindergarten I am so proud to say our staff are exceptional and know each family and child and taking time to build relationships which promote security and trust.