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Who was Granny Glasgow?

The Centre is named after Louisa Mary Glasgow (nee MaGuire), (more commonly known as Granny Glasgow) as a tribute to an outstanding woman who was a midwife in the Gascoyne in the early 1900's.

Louisa Mary MaGuire was born in Perth in 1855 and according to some records she was orphaned at 12 years of age, and was subsequently cared for by the staff at the Colonial Hospital (now Royal Perth Hospital).

At 15, Mary started her nursing training. She later married a Policeman, Edward Walker, and went with him to York, and then to several Police Stations in the Gascoyne.

Louisa raised 6 children and spent much time alone as her husband was away on duty. Following the early unexpected death of her husband, Louisa stayed in the Carnarvon district and took up Midwifery to support her young family. Some time later, Louisa married Thomas Glasgow.

Within a 500 mile radius of Carnarvon, Louisa was affectionatley known as 'Granny Glasgow'. By the time she was 76 years old, she had delivered over 700 babies in 37 years.

In her later years, Granny returned to Perth and then moved to Wagin where she died in 1944, aged 89 years.

When did we begin operating?

The Granny Glasgow Education and Care Service commenced operation as Granny Glasgow Child Care Centre, and was officialy opened in March 1987 by the then Minister for Communty Services, Kay Hallahan. The original license was for a 30 place Centre, with facilities for a community group. The Centre had actually been operating since October 1986.

The Service is currently licensed for 58 care places per day.


Who owns the building?

The ownership of the building is vested in the Minister for Community Services.

The Service is Licensed by the Department of Communities, Education and Care Regulatory Unit.

Who funds Granny Glasgows?

The Centre is funded primarily through Parent fees, Child Care Subsidy.  The Service is a not-for-profit organisation.

Who funded the renovations and extensions?

The 2014/2015 extensions were a joint funding effort by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (previously the Department of Education and Workplace Relations), the Department for Communities, Lotteries West and Royalties for Regions.

This money gave us the opportunity to expand and refurbish our services:

-New room that caters for a broad range of ages.

-New cubby house in the Joey's outdoor playground

-New kitchen refurbishment

-New paint and flooring throughout the centre

-New Front Office, Foyer area and Staffroom

Upcoming plans:

We always have something new on the horizon at Granny Glasgows. We are currently working towards:

Improving the smaller outdoor play area to provide more uper body play strength and development for the children, and creating a regular bush kinder program where children can explore the natural bush away from the Service on a regular basis.

Who manages the Service?

The Service is managed by a Parent Based Management Committee. The day to day running of the Service is delegated to the Nominated Supervisor- Fawn Law-Davis.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Management Committee processs or joining the Committee, please enquire with reception.

What does community based mean?

Members of the community were involved in establishing the Service in 1986, and originaly the Management Committee was made up of many different community members. For example members from the Shire. The Managment Committee is now made up of Parents using the Service.


Who regulates the Service?

The Service is regulated through the Early Education and Care License with the Education and Care Regulatory Unit.

The Service is rated through the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. Following the Juny 2017 Audit the Services was rated as " Exceeding the Standard".




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We are a not-for-profit, parent managed, community based Early Education Childcare Centre located in Carnarvon, Western Australia

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Granny Glasgow Education and Care
15 Butcher Street
Carnarvon WA 6701
08 9941 1398
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