Handprints ST IVES

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Handprints ST IVES

Handprints St Ives is rates as Exceeding the National Quality Framework

Our story so far…
Believe it or not, our story begins in the early stages of 2012. A dream and idea of our company director, Julia McKean, began to take formation when she was forced to take some time off from work due to health issues. Up until that point, whilst working in many management and teaching positions in the industry, Handprints had simply been a dream. But having time off work gave Julia the opportunity to put create a business plan together with parents and business partners Sally and Andrew McKean. After receiving the thumbs up from industry consultants and financial advisors, the Handprints journey was officially underway.

Over the next2 years, we went through various stages of development as a team. Together we visited many properties from Thornleigh to West Pymble and finally settling on St Ives. 102 Warrimoo Avenue held potential, was part of a beautiful community and felt like home. It was to become the location of Handprints Early Learning Centre, as well as our home (which we were building on the front of the property).

After months of work to develop plans and then get all the appropriate consultant’s reports (acoustic, traffic, access etc) we finally submitted our Development Application in January 2013, many months later than we had originally anticipated. Feeling very satisfied we sat back and waited for approval! After a number of months and numerous phone calls, emails, meetings with Ku Ring Gai council and redesigns, redesigns and more redesigns we finally received approval in October 2013. We certainly cracked open the champagne that night.

So with a DA completed we progressed to a construction certificate in January 2014 and finally building commenced in February 2014, nearly 2 years since the idea was first discussed. Construction has reached lock up stage in July 2014.

In November 2014 Handprints ELC received service approval and opened it’s doors! It has since been operating at a high standard and the children, families and educators are very much at home. In June, Handprints St Ives received the highest rating of EXCEEDING. This was a wonderful achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Handprints educators.

As the Handprints company grew in 2016, Moniqui our current centre director took her new position at the centre. She has continued to strive towards excellence in early childhood education and the centre is an exciting place for learning to occur. The addition of our Killara centre has also allowed for a new level of learning to occur as the centres collaborate over ideas.