My Business: Genuine passion for childcare

Harper (3) and Sophie (4) at Prodigy Early Learning in Wyndham Vale. (Damjan Janevski)

By Carole Levy

Karen Ng and Cliff Yeo, with 22 years combined experience as owners of childcare centres, have opened Prodigy Early Learning in Wyndham Vale.

The spanking new facility provides for 106 placements for children aged from six weeks to six years, operating out of six rooms between 7am and 7pm.

Centre director Lauree Watson is also an old hand at childcare centre management, with 22 years experience under her belt. She explains what Prodigy has to offer.

“We have a natural, home-like environment for children to feel relaxed and secure, and plenty of room for them to learn and play indoors and out,” Lauree says.

“Our team of qualified educators provide a specialised kindergarten and school-readiness program, exposure to a second language such as Chinese and the chance to participate in yoga.

“We follow the learn-through-play approach, but add extra components to a child’s learning, with regular incursions and excursions to enrich education. And we’re passionate about having our service governed by the National Quality Framework.

“In our babies’ rooms, we use the SIDS safe-sleep approach and follow parental and primary carers’ guidelines. And nutritious balanced meals, approved by Nutrition Australia, are prepared fresh every day by our qualified cook.”

Karen, Cliff and Lauree welcome families to take an active role by signing up to park-story, which allows them to see what children are learning throughout the day.

“We also share a strong belief in an orientation process. We love our children to have a sense of belonging before they start with us,” Karen says. “And we program our education to meet children’s individual abilities and needs.”

Fees are $106 a day before the childcare subsidy (CCS) and full-time fees are $500 before CCS. The fees include breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and, for children awaiting a later pick-up, a late snack as well. Nappies are provided.

“We welcome parents and caregivers to come in and meet us and have a look at our wonderful facility,” Karen says. “We feel sure they won’t be disappointed.”


Prodigy Early Learning, 2 Ribblesdale Avenue, Wyndham Vale. Inquiries: 9741 0007 or visit, or


Cameron (7-months). (Photo: Damjan Janevski)


The outdoor play space. (Photo Damjan Janevski)


One of the rooms. (Photo Damjan Janevski)