Member Spotlight - KingKids ELC

KingKids Bentleigh ELC - Open Door Session

Recently, Jo MacKenzie-King, Executive Director at KingKids and her team, opened the door of KingKids Bentleigh ELC to eager ACA Victoria members who had the opportunity to explore the new centre, network with other Approved Providers and learn about recruitment & staff retention. 

Jo’s team formed a panel to discuss this all-important topic. They spoke about their approach to the recruitment process. KingKids look for passion in candidates and, once onboarded, offer mentoring programs to support and provide their staff with the skills & knowledge they require to do their jobs effectively.

Retaining valuable staff is even more critical and they summed up how they do this through a few key points:

Creating Core Values – having a shared and clear focus, be a good person, own positive change & be dedicated

Recognition – praising & thanking staff regularly so they feel valued & appreciated

Professional Development – allow staff to grow in their roles and give them something to aspire to & work towards, as well as filling any learning gaps

Team Building Activities – encourage staff to have fun, interact with each other & leave their work environment behind

Those in attendance sampled some delicious food courtesy of Kids Gourmet Food, which provide fresh, nutritious and creative meals to Early Learning Centres. For further enquiries about your centre's meal options, please connect with the KGF team on 1300 870 054. Stay tuned for our next Open Door session to be held on:

Date:                Wednesday 15th November – 6:15pm - 7.30pm

Topic:               Access and Inclusion

Centre :            Happy Hippos Annadale

Address:          3 Enderby Dr, Mickleham

This event is open to ACA Victoria Members only.

ACA Victoria is a member-funded peak-body who advocates for the Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) sector focusing on privately-owned long day care centres throughout Victoria. To access our PD’s, member meetings, conference, ABLA Help Line and resources – Join us by calling our membership team on (03) 9532 2017.

Above: Left to right: Jordan Stanway - Operations Manager, Chris Bradshaw - Director of Education & Development, Heba Maroush - Centre Director (Bentleigh), Claudette Diaz - Learning Experience Facilitator, Cassie Schofield - Centre Director, Gerard Bolger - General Manager, Jo MacKenzie-King, Executive Director at KingKids.


Above:  Jo MacKenzie-King, Executive Director at KingKids.

Exploring the various rooms at KingKids ELC - Bentleigh

Heba Maroush - Centre Director (Bentleigh) chatting with Open Door attendees.