Prior to a move into child care, Kareena was forging a successful career in business development in the pharmaceutical industry. After having her first daughter and being a full-time working mum, child care was a critical element in her life. Understanding a parents’ perspective and deciding to pursue something more meaningful in her career, child care seemed the natural next step. Kareena purchased her first child care centre in 2007 and called it Spunky Monkeys!
Kareena holds a Bachelor of Business, Advanced Diploma in Childrens Services, Diploma in Childrens Services, Certificate III in Childrens Services and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education.
Her philosophy is that children need to be treated with warmth and respect and that the skills and knowledge learnt in the child’s early years are the foundations for the child’s learning for later years. Kareena encourages two-way communication between families and staff and values parent input to support the education of the children in Spunky Monkeys care. She counts one of her major achievements as developing a fantastic team that are professional, dedicated and truly love working at Spunky Monkeys.
And yes, she wears her pyjamas to the bank when its pyjama day at Spunky Monkeys!
Kareena’s goals for the future are clear; to further develop Spunky Monkeys school readiness program to be leaders in the industry, to work with governments and community sectors to increase the educational content of the early years learning framework and to further train and educate the Spunky Monkeys team so that they will be the inspiration of new entrants into the childcare field.