Family day care educators recognised for role
TWO Tropical North Family Day Care workers in Cooya Beach and Mossman have been recognised on a local level at the inaugural Family Day Care Australia Educator of the Year Awards.
The awards recognises educators on a local, state and national level and normally only one educator is chosen locally.
However, Lynda Treweek and Tricia Malone shared the award in the Douglas region.
Lynda has been looking after children for 17 years from her Cooya Beach home and said she looks after small children up to school age and occasionally does school holiday care.
“As a child I wanted to just look after babies and small children and this was my way of doing that and staying home with my children as they were growing up,” she said.
“I didn’t know I had been nominated and it makes you feel like people appreciate what you do for them and it’s just lovely seeing all the kids growing into nice young people.
“I don’t know what they wrote to get me in, but I remember when I had young kids, so I try to offer support and help and also I like getting in there with the kids, I get as dirty as they do.”
In Mossman, Tricia Malone has been looking after children for around 20 years and was surprised to receive her nomination and award.
“When I first started there was no one around in Mossman and you couldn’t leave your kids with anyone,” she said.
“I’ve got two girls and I had to work so I thought I would take it on and I’ve been doing it ever since.
“It’s good because I have different kids everyday and they’re all different and you get a laugh out of them every day, they come out with some funny things, and it’s just good to work them.”
Both Lynda and Tricia are now in the running for the Family Day Care Australia Educator of the Year Awards on state and national levels.
Having fun: Lynda Treweek with grandsons Tristan and Ryan