Erin’s a ris­ing star

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CAL child­care worker Erin Grange is one of three state fi­nal­ists for a Ris­ing Star award in the Aus­tralian Fam­ily Early Ed­u­ca­tion and Care Awards.

One of the fam­i­lies the 21-year-old pro­vides child­care for nom­i­nated her for the award, which recog­nises peo­ple un­der 25 in the child­care in­dus­try who pro­vide a high level of skill and knowl­edge.

Ms Grange has a certificate three and diploma in chil­dren ser­vices and runs her own small busi­ness Shin­ning Stars Fam­ily Day Care, pro­vid­ing day care for four chil­dren and babysit­ting and af­ter school care.

“I’ve al­ways loved chil­dren and I re­ally con­nect with the kids and love watch­ing them learn and grow and I think I’ve got the best job,” she said.

“Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent, it’s ex­cit­ing and the joy it brings is un­be­liev­able, I go out of my way to make sure ev­ery­thing’s all right.

“I’m wrapped about the nom­i­na­tion and I’m very proud with what I pro­vide, I work hard and care and am very sup­port­ive of my fam­i­lies - we’re all close and have a great re­la­tion­ship.”

The ed­u­ca­tor is in high de­mand, with her small busi­ness booked out and a wait­ing list grow­ing, but will find time to travel to Syd­ney later this month if she wins the Ris­ing Star award for Queens­land.

State win­ners will be an­nounced on May 11 and the win­ners will go into the na­tional fi­nals, which will be an­nounced on May 25 at a gala awards din­ner and pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony in Syd­ney.

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Sing a song: Ed­u­ca­tor Erin Range with Leo Seaward, Lexi Bow­erMiles, Eli­jah Berry and

Paige Pether­bridge

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