Double daycare win reward for devotion
A Karratha family daycare educator has won the national emerging star award of the sector’s peak body, in what is her second major award win in two months.
Emma Catt, the owner of Cool Catt’s Family Day Care in Millars Well and part of the One Tree Community Service network, established her own business just over a year ago and can now count Family Day Care Australia’s national emerging star award among her list of accolades.
The award recognises an educator who is new to the sector and has thrived using best practice methods in learning, engagement and inclusiveness.
Ms Catt also won the body’s Pilbara region Educator of the Year award in September.
It was her second time winning it after also claiming the title in 2014 while working at another family daycare centre.
She said she was “overwhelmed” to have received such high recognition from the national body and said it spoke for the value she saw in family daycare services.
“The best thing about family day care is the bond you have with the children and the families,” she said. “There’s such a low ratio of educators to children that children can get 100 per cent of your time.
“The younger children definitely benefit from it because they are seen as individual children and you can cater to their individual needs, whereas in a long daycare centre where there are so many children, I feel ... they don’t receive as much oneon-one care as they need.”
Family Day Care Australia chief executive Andrew Paterson said Ms Catt should be congratulated on her dedication to providing the children in her care with the best possible environment.
“This award is recognition of the hard work and dedication that Emma has put to her family day care, and acknowledges the special place that Emma holds in the hearts of the families of the children she cares for,” he said.
Ms Catt said her recent double award win was already creating new professional opportunities for her.
“One Tree Community Services have invited me to be a guest speaker to promote the company, and I also have the opportunity to have an article in an international childcare newsletter, hopefully being released in January 2017,” she said.
“So it will definitely benefit my career.”