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Awarded for services to Childcare
Entered on roll: 2005
In 1996 Chantál Duerinckx established a long day care centre, the Stepping Stone Children’s Centre, in Ulverstone. This was followed a year later by an Outside Schools Hour Care service. Chantál has continued to expand her childcare services to meet local needs and now operates eleven services employing over 38 staff. In 2004 she established Stepping Ahead Training and Development to deliver quality industry training. She has had a significant impact on regional employment outcomes and in the expansion of child care choices for working families.
Chantál has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences to promote excellence in child care; to raise the profile of early years care and education; and to promote professionalism within the sector. Chantál has contributed expert advice as a member of government and non-government boards some of which include the Ministerial Child Care Advisory Council, the Good Beginnings Reference Committee, and the Confident Kids-Connected Communities Steering Committee. Her contribution to children’s well being was acknowledged by two Awards for Educational Excellence in 2002 and a further Award in 2004.
Since 1999 Chantál has coordinated sponsorship for the Ratu Filise Memorial School in Namatakula Village in the Fiji Islands. She also provides advice and support to Fijian organisations in the development of early years and child care services.
A sole parent with three children, a son and two daughters, Chantál provides an inspirational role model for women in business.