“My fears were quickly erased as I soon discovered that Bec had initiated this kindergarten purely because there was not even one centre in Brisbane where she herself could confidently leave her daughter for even a morning. More than anyone, she understood Tazz’s needs. From the very first meeting with Bec I felt completely at ease as we soon discovered that she and her staff were more than competent in caring for Tazz and exposing him to the stimulation that he needed and deserved. Bec is committed to enhancing the quality and opportunities in life for children who have special needs. I feel she is currently undertaking a mammoth initiative. And I feel it takes a certain type of person with determination and ambition to undertake this role to enhance the lives of so many other families.”
“Ruby and Ollie’s early childhood centre provides an innovative yet common sense approach to the needs of families who have a young child with disability and their siblings. The centre has a holistic approach which welcomes and includes all the children within a family.
I have worked within the disability sector in Brisbane for 30+ years and this is the first innovative childcare response that truly provides childcare services to families who have unique disability related needs.”
“Ruby & Ollie’s is an innovative solution to the long held challenge of inclusive early learning experiences for children with different abilities. Kids with disability have long been excluded from mainstream childcare and kindergarten because of the challenges associated with providing specialist care and educational opportunities for them. Their early learning was just thrown in the ‘too hard basket’. Ruby & Ollie’s confronts this challenge head on, ensuring a dedicated, inclusive, empowering and specialist service is made available for these gorgeous kids. 20 years from now we as a nation will reap the rewards of Rebecca and Leah’s foundational work when young adults with a disability have the confidence, skills, knowledge and education to make a great contribution to our society and our economy.”