Childcare guru ready to start next adventure

CHILDCARE maverick Karena Brown will walk away from the empire she created tomorrow with a grin on her face and a glint in her eye.

CHILDCARE maverick Karena Brown will walk away from the empire she created tomorrow with a grin on her face and a glint in her eye. Maddington Child Services has been on the market for about eight months, with Miss Brown confirming this week it had sold to a local consortium. Miss Brown refused to comment on the sale price, but the business, which does not include the centre buildings, is rumoured to have sold for more than a million dollars. “It’s hard to believe that this part of my life will be finished,” she said. Miss Brown started the business from a spare bedroom in her house when she was 19 years old. Seven years on, Maddington Child Services provides programs to about 145 children a day across three locations. “If I knew back then it was going to get so big, I would have been slightly frightened,” she said. The childcare guru has not been one to shy away from the media spotlight in the past – gaining national attention for her unconventional approach. She led the fight to lift a ban on balls in the Burnie Park and became an advocate for “letting kids be kids”. “Safety and high quality care were always our principal focus,” she said. “I had my fair share of sceptics within the industry. I took it on the chin and kept upping the ante. “It didn’t phase me, it just made me more determined – my only focus was the kids.” Miss Brown said she did not have regrets but admitted she was naive and took many steep learning curves. Her style has continued to raise some eyebrows but also won the hearts of many parents and kids. The service has won several awards and Miss Brown also received a Tasmanian Young Achiever Award. “So many people think it is crazy that someone can get such a buzz from making a life-size gingerbread house or a swamp made of chocolate,” she said. “We did the things kids dream about doing – things that exist in your imagination.” Miss Brown said while she would miss these experiences and the children – in recent years paperwork had began to demand more of her time. “The kids have taken up so much of my life. “I would sit up all night making lollipop mushrooms that looked like the ones out of Willy Wonka or I’d be screwing wheels onto giant teacups like the ones from Disneyland. “I really loved doing that but the paperwork soon took over and in the end I was becoming one of those childcare centre directors who sits in their office looking at kids through the glass windows. “I never wanted to be like that. “Where is the fun in that?” As a condition of sale, Miss Brown will be restricted from working in the childcare industry for several years but said she doubted she would ever return. Next month she will marry fiance and newly elected Burnie alderman James Simpson. “We are going to have a long honeymoon,” she said. “Then we would like to buy a farm and live the quiet life for a while. “I would like to finish my uni degree. “I’m looking forward to having kids of my own.”

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