Our Team

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Chris Norton

We are licensed Real Estate Agent, Business Agent & Strata Managing Agent and a Registered Property Valuer (Associate Member of the Australian Property Institute). Chris is also a Justice of the Peace.

With over twenty five years experience in the property profession, much of which has been specialising in child care, Chris is renowned as a leading industry figure. He regularly consults to high profile Child Care operators, Banks, property valuers, private developers, Councils, Churches and corporate groups looking to invest in the child care industry.

Having assumed “the reigns” of the established family Real Estate business in 1997, Chris has focused very much on developing an all inclusive “one stop” child care consultancy. His personal interests lie in the area of site acquisition, development and sales, as well as working through the approvals process to Licensing stage.
Chris has built a specialist consulting team around him, which complements his own expertise and NORTONS has enjoyed phenomenal growth over the past five years.

Chris is passionate about child care and providing a quality product/service which is second to none in the market.

The majority of the centres that he has personally developed enjoy good reputations, which is the reason that nortonschildcare Services are increasingly in demand.

Chris is a prominent voice in the industry and he is always readily available to give professional and sound advice regarding all aspects of child care.

kim norton 150x150 Our TeamKim Norton

Kim has been involved in the education of children since 1978.
Kim is an Early Childhood Teacher who has a Diploma of Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education. Kim has worked with the Department of Education as an infants/primary teacher as well as a Teacher of the Deaf.

Kim was also a Special Education Consultant with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. During this time, Kim helped the children in her care, develop their communication skills in either oral or sign language (Auslan).
Kim has experience with children whose development is delayed and has worked closely with the families of these children to maximise their development.
This is Kim’s passion.

Until recently Kim managed three other new centres in Hornsby, Wahroonga and Vineyard.

Kim is currently involved in the operation of a Norton’s Child Care Centre located at Kenthurst, whose occupancy has greatly increased since she took over the business in January 2007.

Kim also consults with numerous clients in the setting up of child care businesses, including the administrative and compliance issues, policies and procedures, staff training and development, accreditation and child protection.

Artiva Architects

is the preferred building designer that Chris Norton and Garry Strong, consultant, have worked with. Artiva Architects specialises in child care centre designs whilst working with Chris and Garry in assisting with clients specifications. Artiva Architects and Chris and Garry are involved in the development of a number of centres each year throughout NSW. These include projects for Local Government, church groups, corporates, small groups and individuals all seeking expertise in the child care industry from site acquisition, concept, approval, construction, staffing and management of the going concern business.

IMG 01811 289x300 150x150 Our TeamGarry Strong

Garry is married with two children and two grandsons.
Garry has extensive experience in the building and construction industry having had several roles from working on tools through to management of multi million dollar projects.

For over 30 years Garry has been involved in a wide range of projects from multi level buildings through to Golf Courses and residential precincts. The understanding gained from years of experience has embedded the fundamentals required for the development and construction in the difficult area of childcare. His feasibility studies were robust enough to enable all projects to be presold prior to construction.

The ability to successfully present to individuals or large organizations such as Babcock and Brown, ABC Developmental Learning Centres, Coles Myer, Banks, Clubs, Councils and Government for the purpose of gaining a sale was fundamental to his role.

Role Specialisation
Business analyst and project management specialising in the hospitality / tourism and childcare market.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Market research and demand forecasting
  • Commercial site location and assessment
  • Feasibility studies and market analysis
  • Project construction Management
  • Social Demograhic Studies
  • Town Planning
  • Statistical analysis
  • Strategy and solution plans
  • Construction
  • Significant to the development of the many Masterplans has been their Greenfield implementation and the carrying of the concept to the realisation of the goal- Sale and return on investment.

Garry holds a Diploma in Marketing From the Australian Institute of Management, a Diploma in Human Resource Deakin University a Diploma in Electrical Engineering Sydney Tafe and has studied General Management at Mt Eliza Institute of Management. He also holds a certificate in Real Estate sales and Business Broking and Licenced by Fair Trading NSW.

  • 1974-1979 GEC Engineering design
  • 1979-1981 Johns and Waygood Engineering design
  • 1981-1988 James Hardie Spicers General Management
  • 1988-1992 Direct Impressions Marketing and Printing Management
  • 1998-2006 Choice People Project Management Feasibility Studies
  • 2006-2011 National Childcare / Educare Project Management and Construction

Last Three Projects:

  • 80 place childcare at St Josephs Goulburn started January 2009 completed June 2009 – 100 Lagoon Street Goulburn.
  • 64 place childcare at Maroubra Junction started December 2007 and completed April 2008 – Cnr Maroubra Rd and Anzac Pde Maroura Junction.
  • 56 place childcare at Castle Hill started January 2007 and completed August 2008 – Cnr Excelsior Ave and Old Northern Rd Castle Hill.

Garry was also a consultant to the Sydney Archdiocese from may 2005 to October 2007 where he analysed and project-managed:

  • 70 place Sacred Heart Childcare centre Villawood
  • 70 place St Columba Childcare Centre at Leichhardt North
  • 60 place St Michaels Turner St Punchbowl Childcare centre
  • Centres at St Johns Park, Villawood, Surry Hills and Gladesville to name a few
  • Retirement villages in Sydney and Goulburn

Garry has owned the following businesses:

  • Viking Fitness Centre
  • Stir Crazy Restaurants
  • The Sanctuary Hair Salon
  • Several Childcare centres