Karen has been CEO of Mother Duck Childcare since 2010, leading and supporting the enthusiastic team of franchisees and educators. Karen holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and began her career working as an early childhood teacher at a centre in Carindale. When this centre was acquired by Mother Duck Childcare, Karen immediately felt at home. After working as the Early Childhood Teacher at Carindale, Karen went on to become the Franchisee of the Manly centre in 2000.
Karen is passionate about early childhood care, understanding how critical these years are in human development. She’s determined to make a real difference to childcare, placing the highest priority on providing the best conditions to enhance children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.
Karen believes that when you support families, you also support the development of children. As a single mother who returned to work when her daughter was seven months old, Karen personally understands the challenges and daily pressures faced by working families.