Fam­ily day care ed­u­ca­tors recog­nised for role

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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.

Photo by ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Hav­ing fun: Lynda Tre­week with grand­sons Tris­tan and Ryan

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