Jo MacKenzie-King always wanted a big family. After having four children with husband Andy, she said “OK, it’s time for number 5”, he responded with “Whoa enough is enough, I think we need to get the Childcare Centre you’ve always wanted so you can get your baby fix” and KingKids was born. Jo went back to study and completed her Diploma Children’s Services and in October 2012 they purchased their first Centre in Berwick, aiming to offer childcare and kindergarten services to local families. They transformed this Centre from one where quality was lacking to the first centre in the City of Casey to be awarded as Exceeding the National Quality Standards.
Fast forward to 2015, KingKids Berwick had a long waiting list and a childcare centre down the road in Narre Warren was closing down, providing KingKids with the opportunity to provide childcare and education for more local families. Less than 12 months later, KingKids Narre Warren becomes the 2nd Centre in the City of Casey to be rewarded with a rating as Exceeding the National Quality Standards.
In November 2017, KingKids was fortunate to secure the lease of a brand new state of the art Centre in Rowville, raising the bar in terms of what quality childcare and early education looks like. Sadly, only months after opening, Andy passed away. He would have been so proud of the new KingKids Rowville Centre.
In 2019, Sally became an Executive Director of the KingKids organisation and together with Executive Director Jo, KingKids opened a new Centre in Mooroolbark with the enthusiasm and drive to create another outstanding KingKids Centre for our families.
KingKids opened their 5th Centre in Hallam in November 2020 and it needs to be seen to be believed. Many exciting times are ahead for our KingKids organisation.
The KingKids team are really excited to announce that in 2022 they’re opening a brand new centre in Cranbourne West.
Owned and run by people who know and value their team (not shareholders or multi nationals) is just one of the things that sets KingKids apart from other Centres.
Providing a quality childcare service that “excites children and delights families” was Andy’s mantra so to honour his memory, the KingKids team continues to strive to be the best that they can be and make a positive difference in the lives of our communities.
As well as being a mum of 4, I hold a Bachelor of Business Studies (Human Resources) and an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, giving me the skills needed to govern and genuinely understand all aspects of running Childcare Centres.
With many years of experience working in the Children’s Services sector and a Bachelor of Business in Accounting I bridged my skill set and now successfully lead teams across multiple Early Learning Services striving for equality and inclusion for all children.
I have over 14 years’ experience working in finance and payroll roles. I have worked extensively in administration, particularly in HR. Joining KingKids in July 2020, I am the newest addition to our Head Office team and am looking forward to working with all our centres.
A Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, I have worked in both SME and multinationals. I possess a broad range of both technical and commercial accounting skills and have been responsible for numerous process and efficiency improvements.
I’ve been with the KingKids family for over six years, and in that time, I have been a constant student myself. Starting with my Certificate III in Children’s Services, I continually grew my skillset to include a Diploma of early childhood education and care to attaining a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Most recently, my enrolment in a Master of Educational Leadership has given me the skillset to take on our newest role.
I have over 8 years’ experience in the Children’s Services sector within the KingKids family. I hold a Diploma of Children’s services and years’ experience as an Educator, Assistant Director and Centre Director. My time within KingKids has assisted me in building a skillset and passion for leadership, education, inclusion and safety which are perfect for this new and exciting role.
Hi, I’m Molly and I am a Sheepadoodle (Sheep dog x Poodle). My favourite things to do are swimming at the beach, cuddling on the couch, playing fetch and going for rides in the car. I have recently passed my assessment to become a therapy dog at ‘Lead the Way Institute’ and become part of the KingKids family.
Great Educators, loving family atmosphere, my kids love going!
I just want to write a quick thank you to this amazing centre! My son Dane started here at Berwick one day a week after my surgery. He now does two days confidently and absolutely loves it and is learning so much. The ladies made sure that from day one myself my husband and my son were all looked after and I can't thank them enough, there warm welcome, smiling faces and updates on Dane's progress is spot on. Thank you again ladies, I am forever greatful!
Such an amazing atmosphere, and staff are always smiling. I felt very welcomed and also appreciated the dedication for art in the center!
Both my boys are here and I can not recommend it enough. The staff are all incredibly welcoming, nurturing and caring. The standard of care is excellent and the quality and variety of food is excellent. The outside area is huge and varied, with cubby houses, slides, water play, bikes, growing plants, reading area and kitchen cubby. It truly is a wonderland for kids. Amazing centre!
Our daughter loves going to KingKids! The early childhood educators are incredible and so loving. As parents, it’s hard to leave your child in the hands of someone else but we feel so confident when dropping her off. It’s always so nice to hear about our daughters day and all of the activities she gets up to! We couldn’t recommend this place more highly!