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Who are we?

About us

Tailored Childcare Management is a family company which has been offering services in the childcare field since 1993. We have a list of public and personal achievements of which we are proud. These include:

  • Development of centres including "greenfields" and refurbishment.

  • Service delivery in a highly diverse client base including; low socio-economic families, migrants, unusual family structures, religious/cultural diversity, special needs, professional families and traditional nuclear families.

  • High standards achieved in a variety of audits including Centrelink, Workplace Health and Safety and Childcare Accreditation.

  • Low staff turnover and high staff loyalty.

  • Strategies which allowed for growth in our client base, even during a period of reduced government support.

  • Developing a positive reputation in the communities.

Senior team members

John McKinnon:
Company Director. John had a career in finance prior to moving full time into his family business. He has knowledge of small business accounting needs and has instructed in the development of our customised Child Care computer program.

Gloria McKinnon:
Company Director. Gloria is John’s wife and had a career in teaching, including the completion of a Graduate Diploma of Education (Computing) prior to moving into Childcare. Her contributions are wide ranging and include: important input into the design of the centres, stock and orders and keeping abreast of changes and requirements of the industry.

Vicki Ward:
CEO. (BMusEd. GradDipED – EC. DipMont.Ed. CertIV WA&T) Vicki is the daughter of John and Gloria. She spent a number of years as a Secondary Music Teacher before studying Early Childhood and moving into the Childcare field. Vicki was the Director of the centre at Inala for 7 years and was the key player in the development of Wavell Heights. She obtained the Diploma of Montessori in 2002. Vicki has a great deal of experience in working positively with staff, parents and government departments, as well as staff selection, training, warning/counselling and conflict management. She has also completed a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

Karen Smith:
Centre Director. (DipTeach. – EC. B. Ed) Karen worked for Oakbridge Investments for 4 years from 1996 to 2000. During this period Karen was "contact Director and Preschool Teacher", before returning in 2002 to the position of Director at Wavell Heights. She has a Bachelor of Education as well as Early Childhood qualifications. In 2003 she completed training and during 2003-2004 served as a Validator for the National Childcare Accreditation Council. Karen regularly visits centres to assess standards.