Lismore Business Excellence Award Finalists

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This weekend, Nestle In Goonellabah will be in the running for the Personal Services & Aged Care category to win an Award at the Lismore Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

This is the first time we've entered an award and are absolutely thrilled to be involved in a community event recognising businesses for their hardwork and dedication.

Nestle In Preschool and Early Learning Centre Goonellabah, near Lismore has been proudly based in a welcoming space of Oliver Avenue Goonellabah since 2011 and was founded by Lisa Martin.

It is a purpose built and privately owned long day care centre that cares for babies through to toddlers (0-5 years) who are nurtured and taught valuable life skills that will prepare them all the way through to Primary School (and beyond).

Nestle In Goonellabah was born out of a need for families who were in the work force or studying, looking for quality education and care centre for their children with a safe and secure environment.

The Nestle In story started back in 2002, 9 years beforehand, when Lisa Martin turned her unwavering passion for caring for children into a fully (and still) operational day centre, Nestle In Alstonville.

Since then, Lisa took over the Koala Childcare Centre in Goonellabah, which was to be shut down by council due to no suitable tenders. Lisa took the challenge knowing the business needed some serious attention including re-staffing, rebranding, refurbishing and filling occupancy; with only 19 enrolled students across two days, and 9 staff members.

The business is now known as Nestle In Goonellabah and is growing year and on year, filling the gap in the market for regional child care. The centre currently holds 42 students with 32 permanent staff, 3 casual and 3 contractors including, 2 out of the 9 original staff members.

Since the beginning Lisa, with her team, have the 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, developmental abilities. She considers herself and her team lucky to be on the platform where they support child(ren) and families in an authentic manner and make a difference in their lives.

Our entire staff 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 which meet the emotional, physical, social and intellectual needs of each individual child.

The Gala event will be held on Saturday night 18th August, at the Trinity Catholic College in Lismore. Wish us luck!