MindChamps solidifies Australian presence with the opening of flagship Sydney centre
The first purpose-built MindChamps centre has been established in the New South Wales suburb of Frenchs Forest, solidifying the presence of the Singaporean-based approved provider in Australia.
MindChamps has 21 centres in a variety of Sydney suburbs, with plans to have 100 in the country within the next three years. In Singapore, MindChamps is the largest premium childcare provider, with 40 centres in operation in the city state, and additional offerings in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar.
The Frenchs Forest centre was opened on 30 October by the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP, and Founder, CEO and Executive Chairman of MindChamps, David Chiem.
Catering for up to 94 children from six weeks to six years, each classroom features six learning zones for reading and writing, numeracy, construction, drama, arts and crafts, and enquiry-based play.
Educators working within MindChamps centres undergo mandatory professional training of up to 200 hours in addition to their required qualifications.
Minister Hazzard welcomed the providers’ presence in Australia saying there was “nothing more important than an education, and nothing more valuable than an educator who can inspire” before saying “on behalf of the New South Wales Government and the community, we love having you here.”
Mr Chiem reinforced his belief in the MindChamps ethos at the opening, saying that in a world where artificial intelligence has increasing prominence, education is no longer about content – but about mindset.
On the basis of this premise, Mr Chiem said it was the duty of all early childhood educators to “provide an education model that nurtures the mindset for (children’s) success in the unknown world of the 21st century”.
A core driver of the MindChamps model has been developed in conjunction with Australian neuroscientist, and founder of the Centre of the Mind at the University of Sydney, Emeritus Professor Allan Snyder FRS.
More information about MindChamps may be accessed here.