Ac­co­lades for child care cen­tres

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Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson BAL­LA­JURA, Bassendean and Bayswa­ter chil­dren are in good hands, with lo­cal chil­dren’s cen­tres and staff named fi­nal­ists in the Aus­tralian Fam­ily Early Ed­u­ca­tion and Care awards.

Bal­la­jura Child Care and Bayswa­ter fam­ily early starters pro­gram are up for the ser­vice of the year award, with Michelle Hil­lary from Wind in the Wil­lows Bassendean a fi­nal­ist in the direc­tor of the year cat­e­gory.

The fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing 19 from WA, were de­cided from more than 1000 nom­i­na­tions Australia-wide and will be vy­ing for the top prize in four cat­e­gories.

The awards, now in its 11th year, cel­e­brate and ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment, hard work and pas­sion by out­stand­ing lead­ers and ser­vices in the com­mu­nity.

Bal­la­jura Child Care co-or­di­na­tor Amanda An­drew said this was the sec­ond time the cen­tre was a fi­nal­ist for an award.

“We are con­fi­dent we can get it this year; the ru­ral cen­tre fi­nal­ists are usu­ally the ones to beat, though,” she said.

“I have been here for five years and in that time we have had very con­sis­tent staff, with many peo­ple that have been here as long as or longer than me.

“The bonus with that is we have par­ents bring their first chil­dren here then their other chil­dren come here too and they are all looked af­ter by the same staff.”

Ms An­drew said the cen­tre was still rid­ing the high of re­ceiv­ing an ex­ceed­ing rat­ing last year, the high­est rat­ing a cen­tre could get.

The judg­ing panel will re­veal the State win­ners on June 8.

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Aus­tralian Fam­ily Early Ed­u­ca­tion and Care Awards fi­nal­ists Bal­la­jura Child­care Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Amanda An­drew (left) and Bayswa­ter Fam­ily Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Ta­nia Birch. WHAT: WHEN: COST: BOOK:

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