There is a new breed of childcare centre emerging, and they are highly sort after. We speak with owner Jane Matthews from Sage Education and Childcare located in Canberra’s CBD. This is an exceptional centre!
‘We have a vision that our centre will be unique and at the forefront of the industry. This is our foundation’. Too true, with services you find in a hotel, it certainly gets your attention. Having owned and operated childcare centres previously on the south coast, the couple saw a gap in Canberra's prestige childcare market.
Hats off to Jane and Stephen Matthews as they have stepped it up and delivered a multi-million dollar facility that meets the ‘Prestige’ Label they were seeking.
Let me indulge you in a few of their premium services.
The doorman service brings peace to morning drop off. Instead of haggling for a park and juggling babies, toddlers and bags in a carpark, drop off is a breeze as a team member meets you curb side to escort your child in. If you do come in with your child, parents can grab their morning coffee from a barista during signing in.
They have a hatted chef serving restaurant quality food including kale, gnocchi, salmon, lamb ragu and quinoa. Chef Josh Tyler uses BurraBee Farm produce and sources from the garden beds lining the building. No need to be envious of your child’s lunch as they offer a take home service at a fee, so you can have your dinner ready for pick up when you collect your child.
‘As working parents ourselves, we understand the importance of work/life balance and the integral role childcare can play in this area. With this in mind we have designed our service not only on convenience for families, but also upholding high expectations in all aspects of our service’. The jaw dropping facilities is just the icing, because any parent will testify, the Sage team are just as focused with the developmental and educational outcomes for the children attending.
Jane and Stephen have thought of everything. I am delighted to add that high expectations also means incredibly approachable and friendly. One could imagine a centre of this standard to be elitist or hoyty-toyty, but instead a beautiful team of down to earth carers and staff.
Thank you to Jane and the team at Sage for their time