09 Jan June Rusdon
June first conceptualised Learning Vision when as a working mother, she could not find a suitable preschool for her young children. She believed that pre-school years are critical in building the foundation to life-long learning. She envisioned of establishing a quality early childhood centre from which her children could benefit. However, she had minimal experience and knowledge in Early Childhood Education.To overcome the steep learning curve, she started her research on the topic and enquired at relevant governing Ministries on regulations and demands.
Her idea finally came true in 1990 when the first centre started operation at Bukit Batok. In an already established childcare market, she did the marketing effort of the pioneer centre herself and worked from her minimalist “office”, a stone table at the void deck next to the centre. She believed in and promoted the ‘Children First’ philosophy that permeated the Learning Vision family. She learned to devote her personal attention not just to the business aspects but also to the design, aesthetics and operations of the centres.Today, the business she started has expanded with 18 centres island wide.
She realized that human capital was her biggest asset. She trained and groomed the teachers because she wanted to give them the best possible education and career. That was why she started the private teacher education institution, Learning Capital College, and Learning Horizon, which specialises in the design and development of curricula and enrichment programmes for early childhood education. The Asian International College is also the in-house teacher’s training institution, one of only two schools endorsed by Workforce Development Agency as a programme partner for providing early childhood education.
Learning Vision is now the leader in Early Childhood Education in Singapore. It is the preferred choice of employer-sponsored childcare solutions for banks, airports, hospitals and other companies. In 2007, the company attracted international interest and was finally acquired by Knowledge Universe, a US-based privately held education services firm. In 2015, Knowledge Universe Singapore was acquired by Busy Bees, the UK’s largest childcare provider. In both acquisitions, June was entrusted to continue her leadership role as the CEO of the childcare chain.