Since 1998, Anna Stylos has worked tirelessly to serve the families and kids of Campbelltown, but it is finally time for her to say her goodbyes.
Ms Stylos opened Star Kingdom Childcare Centre and Kindergarten in Ruse back in 2011, and over the last 12 years, her passion project has helped many young families give their children the education they deserve.
When asked why she wanted to open a childcare centre in the first place, she said, “All I could think of was how I could make an impact on children’s lives. My passion for helping children and serving their various developments grew stronger every day.”
Having experienced life as a single mother herself, she wanted to follow a path that allowed her to help those who might be experiencing similar hardship in her community.
Ms Stylos said when she started out with Star Kingdom, her mission was to create a family culture with the community and make a difference in children’s lives.
But it was not until she announced that she was leaving the role earlier this year that she realised her impact.
“I love Campbelltown, I’ve been there for over 25 years… I think I didn’t realise that I had so much impact on the community until I put the announcement on Facebook and I had all these messages flooding in,” Ms Stylos said.
It was not always an easy journey. Before her pursuits in early childhood, she was working in hospitality and juggling the responsibilities of being a single mum. Initially, many doubted her ability to achieve her goals.
Instead of being deterred by these doubts, Ms Stylos doubled down on her mission, and her success is a testament to her resilience and refusal to listen to her critics.
“I had a lot of people asking me why I was doing this, saying I wasn’t going to succeed. I looked at everyone and went, you know what? I’m just going to do this, and no one is going to stop me,” she said.
“If you set something in your life, and you put so much hard work and love and passion into it, you can succeed in anything, that’s how I see it.”
The value of community and its importance to Ms Stylos shines through in the nurturing environment she has created at Star Kingdom and her willingness to go above and beyond for others, keeping early learning alive in her local area during Covid-19 childcare centre closures.
In 2022, Anna Stylos tragically lost her twin sister Rina, who had played a key support role through Star Kingdom’s formative years.
It is quite extraordinary that despite this life-altering loss, she still chose to move forward with generosity and selflessness in giving back to her community.
In November, Ms Stylos was recognised by Campbelltown MP Greg Warren for her outstanding service to the community. Under her, Star Kingdom has bagged numerous business and education awards through the years including the prestigious NSW Excellence in Early Childhood Education Award for Illustrating Stimulating Childrens Senses and Most Outstanding Early Childhood Service at the Campbelltown Small Business Awards.
Her legacy of compassion and care will live on at Star Kingdom and in the wider Campbelltown community as a shining example of transforming hardship into generosity.
– Emily Kaine