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Play is vital for children, claims recently honoured childcare centre owner

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list is a chance to give recognition to those whose work doesn’t often bring them into the limelight. Gwynn Bridge is one such individual.  Recently appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to childcare and early learning she has been an educator and businesswoman for 30 years.

Unusually, Gwynn entered the industry as an owner of a childcare centre prior to working and qualifying as an early learning educator. Since then she has purchased other centres and been a founding member of the Australian Childcare Alliance (QLD). Her advocacy for the industry has seen her work with government to help bring in regulations as well as provide support for small single operator centres in remote areas.

For Gwynn, early learning and childcare is her passion and she considers play to be vital for the development of the child, an idea that has come full circle.

Early Learning Review spoke to Gwynn Bridge to find out what motivates her and what she sees as the future for early learning centres as well as some of her concerns for the industry. To hear the full interview listen to the podcast.

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