Day­care owner grabs sec­ond award for ser­vice

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Kar­ratha fam­ily day­care owner has won an ed­u­ca­tor award from the sec­tor’s na­tional peak body.

Cool Catt’s Fam­ily Day Care owner Emma Catt has been named Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year for Pil­bara Fam­ily Day Care Aus­tralia at its an­nual ex­cel­lence awards.

It is the ed­u­ca­tor’s sec­ond win in the cat­e­gory, hav­ing also claimed the award in 2013.

Ms Catt said she had worked in the child­care sec­tor for 15 years and en­joyed a lot of suc­cess since open­ing her own fam­ily day­care cen­tre, based in Mil­lars Well, shortly af­ter com­ing to Kar­ratha in 2013.

“I have been fully booked from the day I opened,” she said.

“All the chil­dren that are en­rolled are chil­dren that I have pre­vi­ously cared for or friends of par­ents who I’ve known through­out my time in Kar­ratha. So it’s all through word of mouth rather than ad­ver­tis­ing.”

Ms Catt said her fo­cuses were on pre­par­ing older chil­dren for kinder­garten and pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity through prac­tices such as re­cy­cling and com­post­ing.

She said it was es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant to be recog­nised in child­care in the Pil­bara re­gion, where there was high de­mand for the ser­vice, and she “could not be hap­pier” to win again.

She thanked the chil­dren and par­ents at her cen­tre for help­ing her achieve the win.

“I wouldn’t have this busi­ness if I didn’t have these chil­dren and these par­ents, and they’ve been such a good sup­port,” she said.

Ms Catt will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate at a gala din­ner in Novem­ber, and a toys voucher.

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