The Telstra Business Awards has been an incredible journey for Pachamama, being one of the six national award winners from over 10,000 nominations. In the 26 year history of the esteemed Telstra Business Awards, Pachamama is the first ever education provider to be crowned as a national award winner. Additionally, in more than a quarter of a century, until Pachamama’s win – only WA company had ever won the national small business award!
In June 2018, Pachamama was determined by Telstra to be a WA state finalist in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards within the Small & Succeeding Category, In an awards night held in August 2018, Pachamama was crowned state category winner.
During the state awards event, it was noted that “Pachamama – with two highly regarded childcare centres in the Perth Hills – develops unique learning environments steeped in nature, diversity and creativity. It uses art sculptures to encourage younger generations to ‘think outside the square’. The business engages a local artist to provide unique and tactile play spaces that, together with flora and fauna, spark the imaginations of children, staff, parents and the wider community.”
Since opening its flagship centre in 2012, Pachamama has grown rapidly and director Kristen McPhail says it has become a valued member of the local community. Our innovative approach to early education has seen the small business amass around 60,000 followers on Facebook.
“We believe that nature must be a fundamental part of every child’s life.”
“At Pachamama we create environments that are both inspirational and aspirational.”
At the National Awards Ceremony on Thursday 20 September 2018, Pachamama was crowned the national winner of the 2018 Telstra Business Award – Small and Succeeding.
“The winners are all shining examples of businesses doing great things. They’re not afraid to take a risk, to choose innovation first and to keep pushing their vision forward. Getting to this stage of the Telstra Business Awards is a huge achievement. It’s the culmination of all their hard work,” Mr Penn said.
The national winners were awarded following a thorough judging process, which involved in-depth interviews with a panel of high profile judges, including Janine Allis, founder of Boost Juice and Retail Zoo, Stevan Premutico, founder of Dimmi, and Tracey Spicer, journalist, author and founder of Outspoken Women.
“The judges were impressed by Pachamama’s clear vision and business strategy, laser-like focus on its customer and dedication to providing a nurturing environment for its people, contributing to an outstanding workplace culture,” said Mr Penn.
Kristen McPhail explains that, “Pachamama is honoured with this extraordinary acknowledgment from Telstra that our hard work is valued and appreciated. We look forward to continuing our service to the community and I would like to thank all Pachamama’s educators – both past and present – that have helped us achieve such wonderful results to date for our children and families.”