67 Corporate Drive
Heatherton, VIC 3202

Ph (03) 9558 0655

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Karen MacDonald : Director, Heatherton

Karen MacDonald

Director, Heatherton

My parents always tell the story of how before l could even walk l had this inbuilt love of babies. Wherever we went, l was always drawn to them. There was never any doubt what l was going to do when l grow up. When l was in Year 10 and it was time to do my work experience, l knew l was going to do it in childcare. I thought all my Christmases had come at once and absolutely loved it.

When l finished school, l immediately enrolled into a nanny/governess certificate and worked as a nanny as l did some travelling in Australia. When l got home, l decided that l needed more of a challenge, so l enrolled into the Diploma of Children’s Services and worked in long day care. Since then, l have also done family day care, worked as a trainer and assessor teaching the Certificate 3 and Diploma in Early Childhood.

I loved teaching and sharing my passion with others. However, l really missed the contact with the children and families. So, l discovered managing.

I enjoy nothing more than inspiring educators to be the best they can be whilst dedicating their professional life to assist our most precious resources grow into responsible and competent learners.

Watching young children learn and grow is the most heart-warming experience — l wouldn’t spend my time doing anything else.

I joined the Precious Cargo team in late January 2018 as the director of their first Melbourne service at Heatherton. I love the community and the family orientated ambiance of the centre. Also, its beautiful Montessori philosophy.