Childcare & Early Learning Real Estate Summit

Investment, development, construction and design strategies for Australia’s childcare real estate sector

12th June 2024 | Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney

ABOUT THE EVENT

The opportunity in Australian childcare real estate is profound.

There are 8,500 centres nationally with an aggregate value of A$34bn and growing. This growth story is being driven by a robust and sustained demand for childcare services, driven by evolving social dynamics, changing family structures, and the growing participation of women in the workforce. State government commitments to supporting early childhood education and care has further accentuated this demand.

The pressure on existing centres and the waiting lists faced by families reflects the urgent need for additional childcare options. Many existing centres struggle to provide sufficient places or maintain optimal standards of care due to limited resources, space, or outdated infrastructure. This scarcity is creating exceptional opportunities for visionary childcare real estate owners, operators and investors.
The Childcare & Early Learning Real Estate Summit will bring together the leading owners, operators, investors, developers, intermediaries and everyone allied to the childcare real estate sector for a combination of information and networking.
Speakers and attendees will include leading players in the industry who will discuss the latest news and trends across investment, development, financing and leasing/operations.
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The Program

The Childcare & Early Learning Real Estate Summit will bring together senior leaders to discuss the following topics:

Meet Our Speakers

Carolyn Morris

Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Victoria

Tom Hardwick

Former CEO, Guardian Childcare

Max Bergh

Chief Executive Officer, Amiga Montessori

Chris Fischer

Chief Executive Officer, Paisley Park Early Learning Centres

Sharyn Williams

Chief Financial Officer, G8 Education

Richard Barresi

Executive Director, MA Financial Group

Cameron Bell

Senior Analyst – Equity Research, Canaccord Genuity

Travis Butcher

Fund Manager Social Infrastructure, Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT
Wednesday | 12 June 2024

Conference Schedule

Wednesday | 12 June 2024

08:00

Conference registration & morning coffee

09:00

Opening remarks

09:05

Chairman’s welcome and interactive polling

Where is the Childcare Real Estate headed and what can we expect in the years ahead as Australia goes through unprecedented population growth and opportunities within the sector. 

Nick Anagnostou, Managing Director, Navigator IC

THE BIG PICTURE OUTLOOK

09:25

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Learning from the lessons of the past to chart a compelling future

Join Matthew Edwards, the Founder of THINK Childcare and the driving force behind NIDO Education. Drawing on his past successes, Matthew will share his insights into the future direction and opportunities across the Australian childcare real estate sector. With over a decade of experience shaping nurturing environments, this session promises a thought-provoking exploration on how to capitalise on emerging trends and develop key strategies in childcare. 

  • What makes childcare real estate attractive to tenants?  
  • Evaluating the asset class’s appeal for capital investment and for generating returns to investors 
  • Exploring the unique relationship between design, developers and operators of childcare assets 
  • Looking back at what made THINK Childcare so successful and what lessons can be applied to NIDO and other childcare facilities? 
Mathew Edwards, Founder and Managing Director, NIDO Childcare
09:50

Opportunities and challenges in childcare real estate development

Join us for a power-packed interactive conversation as we delve into the future of childcare real estate development. Our panel will unpack the full spectrum of opportunities and address the dynamic relationship between design, build and operate from the perspective of Australia’s leading childcare developers. 

  • Future-proofing childcare assets: Leveraging government initiatives to bolster market stability amidst economic shifts 
  • Capturing growth: Analysing market opportunities in childcare real estate amidst demand drivers and economic impact 
  • Unleashing the latent value of land: Strategic approaches to maximise future development opportunities 
  • The investment landscape: Capitalising on the lucrative opportunities in greenfield, brownfield, new construction, and retrofit childcare developments 

 

Facilitator
Danny Azar, Chief Executive Officer, RockBuild Group
Mathew Edwards, Founder and Managing Director, NIDO Childcare
Sharyn Williams, Chief Financial Officer, G8 Education
Carolyn Morris, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Victoria
Chris Fischer, Chief Executive Officer, Paisley Park Early Learning Centres
Bradley Air, National Project and Building Manager, Affinity Education Group
10:30

Construction opportunities, innovation, and development trends in early childhood

Danny will be discussing the current construction market in the childcare space and the feasibility of buying and building. He will be discussing how you can strategically amend designs to bring down construction costs whilst offering sustainable solutions to drive down maintenance costs on new centres, alleviating the pressures of budgets in big companies. Also, how you can place your refurbishment and maintenance portfolios to achieve value for money, where to spend your money and how to spend it in order to keep costs down. 

Danny Azar, Chief Executive Officer, RockBuild Group
10:50

Morning coffee & networking break

CHILDCARE REIMAGINED – ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

11:20

Interactive roundtable discussions:

In this session we bring landlords, developers, investors, operators, architects, fit-out companies, and tech firms together in small focus groups to discuss challenges and opportunities. This will be followed by a 2-minute wrap by table facilitators. 

Round Table 1: Unlocking investment potential: Key considerations for investing in childcare real estate 

Moderated by: Mark Delaney, Fund Manager – Social Infrastructure, Australian Unity Wealth 

Round Table 2: Designing tomorrow’s learning havens: Innovations in architectural vision for childcare facilities 

Moderated by: Carmine Santomartino, Associate Director, Point Architects 

Round Table 3: Fire safety made simple: One-Stop answers for childcare facilities

Moderated by: Cathy Brand, Chief Executive Officer, Brooks Australia 

Round Table 4: How and why pedagogically aligned environments deliver superior outcomes in 2024 

Moderated by: Prue Gardner, Early Learning Specialist, Step4 

Round Table 5: Investing in Play: Building a playground that pays off 

Moderated by: Lukas Ritson, Founder and Play Expert, Wearthy  

Round Table 6: Contaminated Land – issues during planning, what to consider, how to avoid delays in development, what is involved in remediation, what can be learnt from other developments 

Moderated by: Rod Gray, Senior Associate & Branch Manager, Douglas Partners 

Mark Delaney, Fund Manager – Social Infrastructure, Australian Unity Wealth
Carmine Santomartino, Associate Director, Point Architects
Lukas Ritson, Founder and Play Expert, Wearthy
Cathy Brand, Chief Executive Officer, Brooks Australia
Prue Gardner, Early Learning Specialist, Step 4
Rod Gray, Senior Associate & Branch Manager, Douglas Partners

CAPITAL MARKETS & INVESTMENT VALUE

12:00

Overview of APAC childcare

From emerging trends and regulatory developments to market dynamics and investment opportunities, Vanessa will delve into the factors shaping the APAC childcare sector. Gain a deeper understanding of regional nuances, challenges, and growth drivers that impact childcare operations and investment opportunities across APAC. 

  • Emerging trends, regulations, and market dynamics in the APAC childcare sector 
  • How resilient is this asset class when it comes to economic fluctuations? 
  • Understanding the regional nuances and challenges shaping childcare operations across APAC 
  • Identify growth drivers and investment opportunities within the APAC childcare industry 

 

Vanessa Rader, Head of Research, Ray White
12:20

Capitalising on growth: Investment insights in childcare real estate

In this panel of leading childcare fund managers, we uncover their latest investment insights and look into capital flows and returns for the sector. Dive into long-term compression trends in urban and non-urban childcare centre yields, uncover market momentum, and discover how to maximise your ROI.   

  • Unlocking investment potential: Analysing the impact of rising interest rates and inflation on childcare real estate markets 
  • Yield dynamics: Assessing long-term compression trends in urban and non-urban childcare centre yields 
  • Exploring market momentum: Unveiling real estate and private equity interest in growth potential 
  • Capitalising on ROI metrics: evaluating long-term performance indicators in childcare real estate investments 

 

Panellists
Richard Barresi, Executive Director, MA Financial Group
Cameron Bell, Senior Analyst – Equity Research, Canaccord Genuity
Travis Butcher, Fund Manager Social Infrastructure, Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT
Mark Delaney, Fund Manager – Social Infrastructure, Australian Unity Wealth
Facilitator
Benjamin Martin-Henry, Head of Real Assets Research – Pacific, MSCI
13:00

Lunch and networking break

TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN & INNOVATION

14:00

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT:

In this rapid-fire session, 5 forward thinking companies showcase how they’re shaping the future of childcare real estate through innovative tech, design and services.  

Talk 1: Furniture – The Starex DifferenceMatt Cooke, Managing Director, Starex Manufacturing 

Talk 2: The Future of ECEC StaffingTony Been, General Manager, Z Staffing 

Talk 3: Ensuring Efficiency Across Your Childcare CentresKheang Ly, CEO/Founder, OWNA 

Talk 4: Rocky Clark, APAC Marketing and Business Development Manager, Verkada 

Facilitator
Simon Hayes, Commercial Real Estate Subcommittee, Proptech Association Australia
Matt Cooke, Managing Director, Starex Manufacturing
Tony Been, General Manager, Z Staffing
Kheang Ly, CEO/Founder, OWNA
Rocky Clark, APAC Marketing and Business Development Manager, Verkada
14:50

Reserved for Starex

In this rapid-fire session, 5 forward thinking companies showcase how they’re shaping the future of childcare real estate through innovative tech, design and services.  

Talk 1: Furniture – The Starex DifferenceMatt Cooke, Managing Director, Starex Manufacturing 

Talk 2: The Future of ECEC StaffingTony Been, General Manager, Z Staffing 

Talk 3: Ensuring Efficiency Across Your Childcare CentresKheang Ly, CEO/Founder, OWNA 

Talk 4: Design and construction  

Talk 5: Communication, billing & payment 

15:10

Afternoon coffee and networking break

NEXT GENERATION CHILDCARE FACILITIES

15:40

Healing Spaces: A case study on the synergistic relationship between paediatric care and childcare services within a hospital environment

In this session, we’ll delve into the successful integration of a childcare centre within a Footscray Hospital. Examining the smooth synergy between paediatric care and early childhood education, we’ll uncover the unique challenges and benefits of this approach. Discover how this innovative model contributes to a holistic childcare strategy, positively impacting families, staff, and the broader community. 

Jonathan Wells, Commercial Development Manager, Plenary
16:00

Generating greater economic and social value: Meet the innovative tenants shaping the future of childcare real estate

Join us for the Tenants Panel Discussion as we unlock the economic and social value in childcare real estate. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from industry leaders on maximising the potential of childcare real estate as we go in depth to explore the following aspects: 

  • Nurturing success: Redefining operator and children’s needs in modern and innovative childcare assets 
  • ESG in Action: Building sustainable value through childcare real estate developments 
  • Tenant-centric leasing strategies: Adaptable approaches to drive client retention and attract quality tenants in childcare real estate 
Panellists
Max Bergh, Chief Executive Officer, Amiga Montessori
Nicholas Siliato, Head of M&A, Affinity Education Group
Addy Singh, Owner/Founder, Learning Ladder Boutique Early Learning Centres
Jack Kroger, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Birches Early Learning
Facilitator
Marcello Caspani-Muto, Associate Director, CBRE
16:40

The Crystal Ball: Insights from a legend of the industry

In this dynamic locknote session, industry visionary Tom Hardwick will share his key views on what lies ahead for childcare real estate and how you capitalise on this booming sector. 

Tom Hardwick, Former CEO, Guardian Childcare
18:00

Close of Summit

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Who Should Partner?

As the Childcare & Early Learning Real Estate market accelerates in Australia, organisations that provide investment, design, construction, materials and technology solutions, along with the services ecosystem that sells, manages and maintains centres will experience significant new demand. First movers will see big wins.

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