The Leor model was borne out of a comprehensive analysis of the education and care market in Australia and academic research that considered how children in their early years adjusted to different education and care environments. The outcome of this analysis resulted in identifying a need for a high quality early childhood education and care program in the family home that put the child at the centre of service delivery whilst also meeting the needs of busy families.
Leor’s Founder and Managing Director, Andrea Christie-David, is a mother of three young children herself. As a Lawyer by profession, she is passionate about quality standards of education and care and applies strict principles of governance to Leor’s operations to keep their children safe and protected. She created the model to allow families the opportunity to access an innovative method of meeting the ever changing demands of busy family life and make life easier for everyone in the home.
Andrea developed the Leor model to engage highly qualified and experienced early childhood educators to bring the quality and framework of formal early learning into the home environment. Andrea has used her background in the delivery of tertiary education at various Australian Universities to couple high quality service delivery with a comprehensive professional development framework that keeps Leor Educators up to date with current trends and academic research in early childhood education.
Andrea left corporate law to pursue a career as a human rights lawyer and company director in the not for profit sector, where she has spent many years assisting some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society. Her passion for social justice and equality, and desire for a cohesive society, underpin Leor’s model of corporate social responsibility and keeps Leor heavily engaged in advocacy to advance the interests of children, families, and educators in the early childhood sector.
Leor is part of the G8 Education Group.
About Andrea Christie-David
Andrea is the Founder and Managing Director of Leor. Andrea has over a decade of senior management experience, including overseeing service delivery to some of Australia’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community. Andrea is a lawyer who spent time in corporate law before making the decision to follow her passion for human rights, an area in which she worked for almost a decade before establishing Leor.
Andrea has consistently been engaged in the community sector in addition to her regular commitments, and it is this passion for making the world a better place that drives both her personal and professional values. Andrea is the President of the peak body for In Home Care, the Australian Home Childcare Association, and is an Apiary Fellow, a fellowship that focuses on creating systemic change for all stakeholders in the early childhood sector. Andrea is a Director of Relationships Australia (NSW) and is a member of the Law Society of NSW Children’s Legal Issues Committee.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, a Master of International Law and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies. Andrea is a solicitor admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Law Society of NSW, and has taught law at various Australian Universities. Andrea was recognised as community lawyer of the year in the NSW Women Lawyers’ Association Awards in 2013, and was nominated in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2019.