Our History

About us

Mimi Kindergarten, Cronulla, created by Judy Hewison and her mother Mimi, has been serving the Sutherland Shire community for over 60 years. The exceptional service our Cronulla kindergarten has provided for families of the Shire, directly reflects our family values and learning principles. Over time we have, and will continue to, hire the highest quality educators who are trained specifically to see your child through this important life stage. In our 60 years of service we have catered to literally thousands of children across the Sutherland Shire, and continue to remain current in our educational thinking for the kindergarten and long day care industry. read more 

Facilities

Within the grounds of our beautiful, homey, heritage listed centre, our Cronulla facilities cater for up to 38 children. The heritage listed property, which was build in the early 1900's provides a comfortable environment for children to relax and be themselves. Outside, is a fabulous sanctuary for children to enjoy and engage with nature. Our outdoor area provides beautiful vegetable and floral gardens for the children to reconnect with nature. Using only the freshest ingredients, our delicious, nutritious meals are cooked in the Cronulla facility, daily. 

Mimi's wonderful history

Mimi Childrenís Guest house was originally founded in 1952 by Daisy Nina Hewison, also known as Mimi. Mimi is the late mother of Judy Hewision whom still is the Owner/Operator of this service. Mimiís story begins in 1946 when she moved to Cronulla with two small daughters soon after the Second World War, firstly renting premises at 59 Ewos Parade Cronulla where Mimi Childrenís Guest House was established, then purchasing no 61 the family home that become Mimi Childrenís Guest House in 1962. In the 50ís the demand for a long day care arose. Mimi moved from Ewos parade to our current address at 10/12 John Street Cronulla.  

Mimi went into partnership with her daughter Judy Hewsion the premises was renovated to council speciationís and thus commenced the Mimi Childrenís Guest House now known as Mimi Kindergarten. At the time Mimiís was established, there was very little childcare available except in institutions such as boarding schools, So Mimi decided to meet the gap particularly for sole parents, and parents working odd hours, this was very forwarding thinking for this time. 

Mimiís personal experience as a nurse and shift worker in Queensland made her aware of the needs of working parents with no family nearby to assist. Children travelling internationally and from interstate, children whose parents were ill or children who parents were on business were all eligible for Mimiís unique early services. Mimi Childrenís Guest House accepted permanent boarders who would stay everyday but Saturday, Holiday children resided for the full week. Several foster children lived most of their childhood and teenage years at Mimiís. 

Upon reaching school age children attended the local infants and primary school and most returned for before and after school and vacation care. All children were encouraged to attend classes in dance, music, guides, brownies, soccer or cadets. Children were encouraged to participate in these activities and did so wether the families were able to finance them or not. ďAs a result Mimi Kindergartenís business was not always a profitable oneĒ.  

During the 1960ís Judy Hewison saw the need to support families who had difficulties with delivering children to and from the service and school without transportation of their own and that was the beginning of the Mimi Bus service originally a Combi Van and since a series of busses that have made 1000ís of trips around the shire collecting children from home to school, the Mimi Kindergarten and OOSH Bus service continues to serve the local community.  

As of 1988 records had shown that 68 staff and volunteers have worked at Mimi Kindergarten and OOSH in the past 24 years Mimi Kindergarten and OOSH has had at least half this amount again. One of the unique aspects of this service is the Long term employment of staff. Also unique to Mimi Kindergarten and OOSH is the fact that many children who themselves attended this service have now enrolled their own children. Mimi Kindergarten and OOSH continues to operate with the same ďPhilosophy and principles that have applied over the years and have contributed to a long and successful history. Mimi Hewison was nominated for a Shire Senior Citizen Award, and she also received recognition for her work when she received inaugural Cronulla Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship awards.  

In 1995, the Minister for Community Services Mr Dyer, presented Mimi Hewison at Parliament House with a special award for her service to children as part of the celebrations for National Childrenís week. Judith Hewison Mimiís daughter continues the tradition with 50years as Owner Operator providing service to the local community.

 

                                    "Working in partnership with the family"

Our Contact Details

     10-12 John Street
     South Cronulla NSW 2230
     Phone: 9523 4805

Opening Hours

     Open 50 weeks per year
     Monday to Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm

 

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