A proud moment for Lisa Martin, owner and director of Goonellabah Nestle In Preschool and Early Learning Centre after being crowned with another prestigious award – winning the best in the region for ‘Personal Services’ at the 2018 NSW Business Chamber Regional Awards, held at the weekend.
Lisa could hardly contain her excitement after winning another award - two accolades in the past few months, “Wow, we didn’t expect this! What an incredible honour and a huge achievement to win the Regional Award! I am thrilled and extremely grateful to work with such an incredible team, this recognition wouldn’t be possible without them!”
Lisa was presented with the ‘Personal Services’ award by sponsor Josh Mills, manager of WIN Television network, at the Gala Event held at Elements of Byron, in Byron Bay, on Saturday night.
This win, on top of their recent local award win for the ‘Personal Services’ category at the Lismore Business Excellence Awards, signifies how far the business has come since humble beginnings in 2011.
“The award solidifies the collaboration of our carefully chosen team who are wholly dedicated to providing our children with the love and nurture we believe all children deserve. The lessons we teach our children in the early year's shape who they will grow to be, and all children are taught valuable skills that will prepare them all the way through to Primary school and beyond. Everything we’ve achieved stems from our passion and ever-evolving vision of how childcare needs to be and we intend to continue to provide exceptional standards to children and families in the local area” said Lisa.
In Lisa’s acceptance speech, she congratulated her team and exclaimed, “This trophy is for you!” She also thanked the NSW Chamber, the WIN Network and Barefruit Marketing, who have worked with Nestle In across all their marketing efforts, and congratulated all of the finalists.
Since the beginning Lisa, with her team, have been the driving force behind the success of Nestle In and have been the forefront in offering an inclusive environment that caters for all cultures, social backgrounds and developmental abilities. Lisa considers herself and her team lucky to be on a platform where they support child(ren) and families in an authentic manner and can really make a difference in their lives, now and into the future.
“For me, it’s really important to know that not only is our centre recognised but the childcare profession is also being acknowledged,” she says.
The Goonellabah Nestle In story began 9 years ago out of a need for families who were in the work force or studying, looking for quality education. It has grown considerably year on year. With 19 enrolled students across two days to now employing 12 staff members, including a permanent in-house chef that operates out of a state-of-the-art kitchen facility, and caring and educating for 50 children on a daily basis.
“Our team believe in creating a welcoming space for children and families to grow and learn in a safe, nurturing, fun and educational environment. We provide the highest quality early childhood programs supported by early childhood teachers and qualified educators, which meets the emotional, physical, social and cognitive development of each and every child and their ability to build lifelong skills and strengths,” Lisa says.
These awards measure high praise, for Nestle In, earnt by delivering a personal service that is recognised by the highest level for an early childhood education provider in the region. It highlights the sum of efforts contributed by every individual part of the organisation who ensures that all children and families receive the best quality care and education.
“To be named regional winner is recognition of our team’s dedication to providing quality early childhood education, but also to the wonderful and unique relationship between educators and the children in their care,” Lisa says.
Nestle In is a purpose built and privately-owned long day care centre that educates and cares for babies through to preschoolers (0-5 years), situated in Goonellabah (with a sister centre located in Alstonville) and is conveniently open long day care hours from 6:30am to 6:30pm.