The Silicon Review
Broadly defined, the term childcare includes all types of education and care provided for young children. The term is also used more specifically for the supplemental care of children from birth to age eight years by persons other than parents. Childcare is used for a variety of reasons, and programs vary by the number and age of children, the reason care is used, the preparation and status of caregivers, and the location of the care.
Current research has shown that the early years (ages 0-5) are the most sensitive to brain development. Over 90% of brain growth occurs during this period. The people who help care for your child are also those who help shape your child’s mind. Studies show that children who receive quality child care enter school with better math, language, and social skills. These skills give your child a good start to succeed in school and in life.
When your child has safe, loving, and stimulating childcare that you can count on, you don’t have to worry while you are at work. You know that your child is getting the kind of care children need to be healthy, happy, and successful. Society, children, families, employers, communities, and the nation as a whole benefit from high-quality childcare. Fostering a healthy, successful, future workforce is essential to everyone’s well-being.
G8 Education is a growing, successful and sustainable organisation currently owning and operating over 480 Childcare Centres across Australia and Singapore. Headquartered in Varsity Lakes, Queensland, G8 Education is a leading provider of quality care and education with more than 10,000 staff, operating a business based on a range of diversified, well-respected and recognised brands and has experienced significant recent growth which is expected to continue.
G8 Education: Quality Education and Care
G8 Education was founded in 2006 and brought together a team of dedicated professionals driven to deliver high quality developmental and educational child care services throughout Australia. This was in response to increasing government regulations making it harder for single-centre operators to survive.
G8 Education Limited trades on the Australian Securities Exchange under the code GEM. The company floated on December 5, 2007, under the name Early Learning Services Limited. In March 2010 the company merged with Payce Child Care Pty Ltd to become G8 Education Limited.
Investing in the future of childcare
G8 Education recognises that all families and communities have different needs and wants. Each brand is tailored to suit the different needs of Australian and Singaporean families and no two G8 Education centres are the same. They are a collaboration of children, parents and educators that attend the centre. G8 Education Limited is the largest ASX listed childcare provider and is currently in the top 200 listed companies in Australia. We have achieved this through the strong year on year growth and strategic acquisitions.
G8 Education owns and operates care and education services in Australia and Singapore through a range of well-respected quality brands.G8 Education not only boasts strategic acquisitions but also strong organic growth year on year. Its commitment to acknowledging community wants and needs and investing in educational resources and qualified educators sets G8 Education apart from its competitors.
G8 Education aims to be Australia’s leading provider of high quality, developmental and educational child care services. G8 Education aims to achieve this through:
The corporate strategy of G8 Education is based on its four pillars for growth and sustainability:
Quality Education & Care: We aim to nurture and develop children’s minds, social skills and confidence in a safe and stimulating environment.
Employees: We are committed to employee development and a rewarding culture which will ensure an engaged and driven workforce.
Community: We aim to be responsive to local families and deliver upon community expectations.
Profitability: We aim to grow and derive a value for shareholders through innovative services, systems and management.
Meet the Headpersons
Gary Carroll, Chief Executive Officer: Gary joined the Group as CFO in July 2016 and became CEO and Managing Director in January 2017. He has extensive senior leadership experience in both financial and operational roles covering various industries. He holds Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Law (Honours) degrees and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Mark G. Johnson, Non-Executive Chair: Mark was appointed a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors on 1 January 2016. He is currently a Director of Westfield Corporation, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF).
He served as CEO and Asian Deputy Chair of PwC for 4 years and retired in July 2012 after more than 30 years of service. Prior to becoming CEO, he held a number of leadership positions in PwC Australia. In these roles, he served on a number of global firm committees.
Previously, he was a director of HSBC Bank Australia, member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, a member of the Business Council of Australia and was Deputy Chair of the Finance and Reporting Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
“At G8 Education, we aim to be Australia’s leading provider of high quality, developmental and educational child care services.”