Dou­ble day­care win re­ward for de­vo­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

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