Vicki McKinnon is the owner and CEO of Building Futures Pty Ltd who operate 3 Montessori Long Day Care centres in Brisbane and a Family Day Care Scheme, along with a Registered Training College, management and software for early childhood. Originally training and working as a secondary Music and English teacher, Vicki moved into the early childhood sector in 1994. “Discovering” Montessori and training with the Australian Montessori Society in 2001 and 2002 she has since worked determinedly to see her services implement and embed the Montessori philosophy and practice. Vicki also spent 4 years as a Committee Member for Childcare Queensland (now ACA Qld) and recognises the importance of effective peak bodies to make a difference for the children of our nation. In 2018, Vicki, with her team, achieved national accreditation for a Diploma of Montessori Early Childhood Education designed for educators in 0-6 year environments. Understanding the universal application of Montessori across diverse cultures and environments, she holds the unique opportunity that MCF holds in high regard to make a positive change in the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable children. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Music (Education), Grad Dip Ed – Early Childhood, Diploma of Montessori Education, Diploma of Business and Cert IV in Training and Assessment. She is a graduate of the Australian Owner Manager program. Vicki joined the board of Montessori Children’s Foundation in 2019.