About Us

Quality Early Childhood Education to Nurture Lifelong Learners

Babilou Family Singapore is a subsidiary of Babilou Family Group, a France-incorporated Early Childhood organisation with a network of more than 1,000 nurseries in the world. Founded in France in 2003 to bridge the gap in childcare solutions, Babilou group has gradually grown to become a leading light in early years education and a major operator internationally.

As part of the global expansion, Babilou Family Group acquired a majority stake in Nurture Education Group in 2018. Nurture Education Group operates under the new corporate name Babilou Family Singapore with 53 education learning centres island-wide. This includes preschool brands Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse, Little Footprints Preschool and Pibo’s Garden Playschool, as well as student care brand Learning Leap.

Backed by a highly experienced and dedicated management team, Babilou Family Singapore will continue to provide quality early childhood education and cultivate confident lifelong learners.

Julie Koh
Founder & CEO, Babilou Family Singapore
By capitalising on best practices from around the world with our global presence, we aspire to play a better part to make a difference to each and every child's growing journey under our care.

Our Story

Babilou Family was founded in France in 2003 by entrepreneurial brothers Rodolphe and Edouard Carle to bridge the gap in childcare solutions. Over the years, Babilou Family has gradually grown to become the 5th private childcare network operator worldwide, with a presence in 12 countries and around 800 establishments, 10,000 employees and 50,000 children in our care.

Babilou Family sets out to support the well-being of children and work-life balance of families at a time of rising birth rates and women in the workforce, with a unique educational promise.

We are driven by the conviction that together, we can have a strong impact on tomorrow’s world through early years education. To bring quality education to families, we partner educational entrepreneurs who share our vision, build close partnerships with public authorities and private enterprises, and remain steadfast in our efforts to innovate as we strive to provide parents with top-quality childcare solutions.

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Leadership Team

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Julie Koh

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Julie first set out on her expedition in the early childhood industry to start a quality preschool with a pure and simple wish – that her own children can learn and grow in a conducive and inspiring environment. This desire led to the setup of Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse, and its success paved the way for the inception of more preschools centres under the Nurture Education Group, now known as Babilou Family Singapore.

With over two decades of experience in the industry, Julie has overseen the acquisition and management of the company's preschool brands. Julie continues to contribute to the industry with her wealth of knowledge, as well as her unwavering passion and patience in nurturing happy and confident children in their formative years.

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Matthias Koh

Vice President, Director of Business Development

As a father of three, Matthias has a great passion for early childhood care and education. He strongly believes in a holistic education where sports and the arts play an integral part in a child’s development.

Using his expertise in business development and investment consulting, coupled with a background in asset management, Matthias successfully raised funds from the private equity market and led the organisation to healthy growth and expansion in the local and regional markets. An avid sportsman, he participated in the SEA and Asian Games for 6 years as a member of Singapore’s National Basketball team.

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Benjamin Busse

Chief Operating Officer

With a strong academic background in business and engineering, Benjamin grew his career with the SODEXO Group, a conglomerate in France specialising in concierge and childcare services. Throughout his journey spanning over 13 years, he was responsible for growing the operations and profitability of the business.

Benjamin eventually rose to become the Regional Director at Creche Attitude, a subsidiary of SODEXO with a vast network of private childcare centres, where he oversaw 50 childcare centres throughout France and managed a team of more than 400 staff with an annual turnover of 24 million Euros. Today, he leads the sales and operations team at Babilou Family Singapore to drive the organisation towards becoming one of the leading private preschool operators in the region through its key brands.

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Dawn Leo

Chief Finance Officer

Dawn Leo leads the finance team in accounting, financial reporting and analysis, and sets up the financial system and procedures to ensure smooth and efficient operations that comply with statutory requirements and regulations.

With more than 13 years’ experience in The Big Four, she has also been involved in auditing, business improvements, deal structuring, due diligence, working capital and related financing analysis. Dawn graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Accountancy, and is a non-practicing member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

 

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Stephanie Bisson

Director, Human Resources

Stephanie has 20 years of successful track record in human resources management, training development and internal communication. As a leader of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) teams, Stephanie has contributed to the integration of large teams, building integrated HR policies and developing company culture. 

A business and people-oriented person, Stephanie moved back to Singapore to lead Babilou Family’s HR efforts for Asia and to serve the company's growth ambition across Asia Pacific.

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Lena Soh

Director, Digital Marketing & Sales

Graduated with a Business degree major in Marketing from Monash University, Lena has more than 15 years of success in integrated marketing, sales and strategic business partnerships. She successfully spearheaded marketing campaigns with an emphasis on championing the brand and expanding customer base. As an experienced marketer, she believes in keeping herself abreast of the ever-changing marketing landscape in order to innovate and strategise constantly.

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Pooja Vishindas

Chief Curriculum Officer

Graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Education, and earning a spot on the Dean’s merit list, Pooja began her expedition at a local preschool. Before moving on to a management role, Pooja gained valuable experiences through her years as an educator. Currently the Chief Curriculum Officer at Babilou Family, Pooja’s portfolio includes aligning the curriculum to the company’s vision in the early childhood education industry. With the forte of developing innovative programmes that spans across multiple brands, she conducts interactive training sessions and quality assurance to ensure that the teachers and leaders under her wing delivers the best educational service to the community.

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