Ed­u­ca­tion key to suc­cess

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

THE power of ed­u­ca­tion is what drove Ken Scot­tHamil­ton to join the child­care in­dus­try.

The owner and di­rec­tor of Lit­tle Learn­ers, who was re­cently cho­sen as WA Di­rec­tor of the Year, said trav­el­ling over­seas and vis­it­ing slums was what led him into the in­dus­try.

“I be­came aware of the dif­fer­ence that ed­u­ca­tion makes for chil­dren to suc­ceed later in life and move out of the cy­cle of poverty,” he said.

“Own­ing a child­care ser­vice helped me to ful­fil my pas­sion to pro­vide learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that pro­mote chil­dren’s health, well­be­ing and con­fi­dence.”

Mr Scott-Hamil­ton, who has worked in the in­dus­try for four years, said be­ing cho­sen as Di­rec­tor of the Year was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is a tes­ta­ment to all of the hard work, ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion and com­mit­ment that I and my amaz­ing team of em­ploy­ees pour into Lit­tle Learn­ers,” he said.

Chil­dren at the cen­tre spend their days pre­dom­i­nantly out­doors all year and are taught real-life skills.

“Chil­dren do their own risk as­sess­ments be­fore cross­ing a flow­ing river creek bed, walk­ing along logs and climb­ing and jump­ing off trees,” he said.

“They also learn whit­tling, light­ing fires (us­ing steel flints), use proper hand tools such as hack­saws, ham­mers and man­ual hand drills and learn how to nav­i­gate un­even ter­rains.”

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